One of Scott Walker's signature, pro-business moves upon becoming
Governor last year was morphing the cabinet-level Wisconsin Department
of Commerce into something that CEO's and investor-types were supposed
to like even better- - a public/private hybrid with a business-dominated
Board of Directors called the Wisconsin Economic Development
Set aside that the executive director there is quitting after little more than a year at the helm, and that the new agency has failed to lead a business turn-around in Wisconsin as Walker is only +11% towards his campaign pledge to create 250,000 new jobs during a four-year term.
Facts are emerging that the agency kept its board in the dark about allegations from federal regulators that millions of taxpayer dollars were being poorly managed and perhaps spent without legal authority.
The Wisconsin State Journal broke the story.
It's bad policy to keep important information like that from a board, especially one with a public mission and multi-million-dollar public budget - - and worse, in this case, since it was the board chair Scott Walker himself who is on record opting for management by bureaucratic double-speak instead of disclosure, as reported by The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
All of which undermines something Walker told The Lakeland Times during the 2010 campaign about "transparency:"
I suspect the public will be close behind.