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Leigislators may tie WEDC funding to reforms

Published On: May 08 2013 02:31:37 PM CDT   Updated On: May 08 2013 02:34:16 PM CDT
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Gov. Scott Walker sits at the head of a WEDC meeting in Waukesha in early May.

MADISON, Wis. -

Any increase in funding for Gov. Scott Walker's premier jobs-creating agency may be held by the Legislature until certain improvements are made. 

Budget committee co-chair Rep. John Nygren said Wednesday that the panel was moving ahead with voting on Walker's proposed $14 million spending increases for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. on Thursday. 

But Nygren says the money may be held by the Joint Finance Committee until WEDC enacts certain reforms and installs accountability measures. 

Democrats have called for a delay in consideration of WEDC's budget given serious issues raised in a nonpartisan audit last week that showed the agency didn't follow the law, follow its own policies or track millions of dollars it gave in grants and tax breaks.

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