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WI Senate to vote on WEDC board bill

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MADISON (WKOW) – The Wisconsin Senate is expected to vote on a bill on Tuesday that would limit terms for board members at Governor Scott Walker's public jobs agency.

The bipartisan measure would require Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation board members to serve a six-year term rather than at the pleasure of the governor and legislative leaders.

State auditors would have to perform annual reviews of WEDC's finances rather than biennial studies.  Under the bill, all WEDC employees would be subject to state ethics laws.

WEDC has been under close watch after a May audit found the agency didn't consistently follow the law or its own policies during its first year.  The agency failed to adequately track loans and provided tax breaks to companies that didn't qualify.

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