This is just a subscript in a recent article about how poorly the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources had performed under the Walker Administration:
Walker and the Legislature also scaled back the power of state agencies by giving the governor authority to review and approve all regulations written by state agencies before they take effect.
“That’s incredibly significant from a business standpoint,” WMC’s Bott said. “Sometimes an agency may not be aware how impactful a regulation might be.”
Sometimes an agency doesn’t understand the impact of its actions? An agency charged with regulating a particular area doesn’t understand it? Aren’t the state employees working in state agencies supposedly subject matter experts in their areas? And they won’t understand the repercussions of their actions? But the governor (and not just Governor Walker but any governor) is supposedly a subject matter expert in all things? More experienced that the department experts?
Well, I hardly think so…but he can react correctly to his outside influences in our current pay for play state house by over riding his own department experts!