Sen. Lassa Statement on WEDC Secretary’s Retirement
MADISON -- State Senator Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) issued the following statement today in reaction to the announcement that Reed Hall will resign from his position as Secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation:
“I appreciate Reed’s willingness to serve as WEDC Secretary and CEO at a very troubled time for the agency. However, I believe that his retirement presents an opportunity for new WEDC leadership to forthrightly take on the agency’s ongoing problems, and to re-establish the confidence of the WEDC Board, the Legislature, and the people of Wisconsin.
“Reed’s retirement comes at a time when other high-level employees have also left the agency. WEDC has always had problems with high employee turnover especially within the top management ranks. With Wisconsin’s economy continuing to lag behind other states in the Midwest and the nation, we can’t afford to have our lead job creation agency continue its freefall. Governor Walker appears to be too preoccupied with his presidential run to provide the leadership needed to address the situation with WEDC. I believe it is time for the Legislature to act. I will be paying careful attention to the Joint Audit Committee’s hearing on the recent second scathing audit of WEDC, and will be prepared to advocate for whatever is necessary, including structural changes, to restore effectiveness and accountability to our state’s economic development programs.”
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