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State Senator Julie Lassa reacts to Walker signing bill


MADISON (WKOW) -- State Senator Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) released the following statement in reaction to Governor Walker signing a bill abolishing the Department of Commerce and creating the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, a private/public corporation.

"Governor Walker today rolled the dice in one of the biggest economic gambles in Wisconsin history. The Administration now has the ability to shut down every job creation program administered by the Department of Commerce before the end of the year, without any indication of what comes next.  For the sake of the tens of thousands of unemployed individuals in our state, I hope WEDC is successful.

"I urge Governor Walker and Secretary Jadin to avoid creating confusion and uncertainty for businesses by summarily ending successful programs like the Wisconsin Development Fund, Accelerate Wisconsin, the Jobs Tax Credit and the Disabled Veteran Business Certification Program without a clear transition plan.  Wisconsin cannot afford to wait months or longer while our current job creation programs lay dormant.

"I am glad to see that the Governor did not use his veto pen to remove transparency and accountability measures inserted in the bill by the Legislature at the urging of Democrats.  Still, we are handing this new agency an $87 million blank check with no indication of how this taxpayer money will be used.  I call on the business community and all Wisconsin citizens to let Governor Walker know they expect WEDC to operate in the public interest, to focus on regions and groups hit hardest by the recession, and to create good-paying, family-supporting jobs for people throughout the state."

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