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Board members upset over lack of input into WEDC audit

WAUKESHA, WI (WTAQ) - Board members of Wisconsin’s job creation agency cried foul Wednesday morning, saying they were not allowed to give their input in a scathing audit of their agency.

The policy makers for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation complained that they were not allowed to know anything about the audit, until the non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau released the results last week.

The board held an emergency meeting in Waukesha to review the audit, which said the WEDC broke state laws by not adopting certain policies, and did not properly carry out its system for giving grants and loans to private firms to create jobs.

Several board members said they could not be expected to carry out their roles on the panel if they’re shut out from the audit process.

Republican Governor Scott Walker, who chairs the WEDC Board, said there might be a need to tweak the auditors’ rules.

Another board member, Senate Democrat Julie Lassa of Stevens Point, says she wants auditors to speak to the board, so it can get a better understanding of the standards that were used.