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JFC won't delay vote on WEDC budget proposal

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The committee that’s re-writing the proposed state budget will not delay a vote on the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s spending package for the next two years.

Democrats on the Joint Finance Committee wanted to delay the matter, as the fur flies from a stinging audit of the WEDC issued six days ago.

Republican committee co-chair John Nygren says a delay is not necessary. He says reforms might be needed at the state’s job creation agency, but he does not believe it should hold up consideration of the WEDC’s budget.

Governor Scott Walker has proposed a $75 million budget for the agency for the next two years.

The board of the public-private corporation met Wednesday morning to review the audit, and some members complained that they should have been allowed to have input.

The audit said the agency broke state laws by not adopting certain policies, and it made mistakes in the way it gave and monitored job creation grants and loans.