On the heels of the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Burea releasing a scathing report on lax controls at Gov. Scott Walker’s economic development agency, Republicans in the Assembly are circulating that would replace the Legislative Audit Bureau with inspectors within each of the state agencies.
Democratic leaders pounced on the proposal, pointing out that it comes on the heels of a highly critical audit bureau report on lax controls on tax dollars distributed to businesses by Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s economic development agency.
A State Journal investigation revealed that top Walker aides pressed the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. for an unsecured loan to a Walker campaign donor that cost the state half a million dollars without creating jobs. In another case, WEDC gave $686,000 to a company that promised to manufacture a jet-powered helicopter even though it had no experience building aircraft, the newspaper found.
Under the bill, the audit bureau would be replaced by system of inspectors general working within state agencies. The proposal’s lead author, Rep. David Craig of Big Bend, wasn’t available to discuss his assertion that the inspectors would be better at getting ahead of problems.
Presumably the inspectors that Rep. Craig’s legislation would embed in each state agency would be appointed positions, so they’d no doubt do the bidding of the Republicans who appointed them.
That sounds like a recipe for disaster, but then again there’s not much Republicans in the Legislature are doing that doesn’t sound like a recipe for disaster.