Some state lawmakers say any increase in funding for Governor Walker's troubled jobs-creating agency may be delayed until improvements are made.
The Joint Finance Committee is still scheduled to vote Thursday on the governor's proposed budget for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
This despite a recent audit which showed the agency may have violated state laws.
Board members for the state's embattled economic development agency met in Waukesha Wednesday on the heels of the non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau's recent report.
Some members said the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation hasn't properly communicated issues to the board, making it difficult to provide oversight.
The WEDC described steps already being taken to help solve problems, including new procedures for evaluating and tracking loans.
"We're not going to let up until we address every one of those concerns so that ultimately the real focus going forward is on job creation," said board chair, Gov. Scott Walker.
Thursday, two other meetings are scheduled at the state Capitol that concern the WEDC.
The Joint Legislative Audit Committee will hold a public hearing on the agency's audit.
The committee's co-chair says she wants to hear about changes the WEDC has made and will make in the future.
"As the Legislature, we are the stewards of the taxpayers, and we want to make sure we're getting our best bang for our buck, and setting accountability, transparency and uniformity across the board," said State Rep. Samantha Kerkman, R-Powers Lake.
In another wing of the statehouse, the Joint Committee on Finance will take up parts of Governor Walker's two-year budget.
This year, the agency had a budget of nearly $77 million. The governor is asking for approximately $61 million in 2014, and nearly $67 million in 2015.
Democrats have called for a delay on a vote given the issues raised in the WEDC's audit.
"All indications are that WEDC is a financial train wreck out there and we should not be voting on giving them more money Thursday," said State Sen. Robert Wirch, D-Pleasant Prairie.
The committee's Republican co-chair says the JFC plans to move ahead with a vote, but adds the money may be held until the WEDC changes its ways.
"We're going to require them to come back with a report showing that they have corrected those deficiencies, and at that point in time the money would be released," said State Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette.
Governor Walker said he thinks it might be reasonable to tie the release of money to the WEDC to reforms.
He added he hopes lawmakers doesn't decrease the amount of funding he's requested, as it's important for job creation.
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