January 29, 2013
Statement on Governor Appointing Reed Hall to Lead WEDC
MADISON – The following is a statement from Senate Democratic Leader Chris Larson on Governor Walker’s appointment of Reed Hall to lead the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).
“Wisconsin's hastily-developed job creation entity WEDC has now wasted even more tax dollars. Despite spending just under $40,000 of Wisconsin’s scarce funds on a nationwide search for a new Secretary and CEO, the Governor has ultimately recommended the appointment of sitting interim Secretary and CEO Reed Hall.
“Secretary and CEO Hall, with very little economic development experience, is the least qualified of those considered for the position. Even as Wisconsin continues to lag in job creation nationally and the Governor is 212,000 jobs short of his job creation promise, it’s clear that government waste, cronyism, and a lack of accountability have again trumped the importance of turning around our failed job creation corporation that lost track of $57 million in taxpayer dollars.”