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Dem lawmakers want special meeting to improve WEDC

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Democratic state lawmakers are asking for a special bipartisan committee to look at ways to improve the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca and Senate Democrat Julie Lassa of Stevens Point are both on the WEDC board.

They said immediate action is needed to improve the job creation agency that Governor Scott Walker and legislative Republicans created in 2011 to replace the state Commerce Department.

A recent state audit showed that the WEDC failed to follow state laws by not adopting required policies, and made numerous mistakes and oversights in its projects and grants to companies for creating jobs.

The Republican Walker has called for an emergency meeting of the WEDC board for Wednesday.

He says he wants the panel to go over the audit with a fine-tooth comb before the Legislative Audit Bureau holds a hearing on the audit on Thursday.

Also on Thursday, the Joint Finance Committee is scheduled to consider the corporation’s budget for the next two years.