State Debate: State's newspapers gang up on the WEDC

2013-05-06T09:00:00Z State Debate: State's newspapers gang up on the WEDC madison.com
May 06, 2013 9:00 am

 

Gov. Scott Walker's Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. takes it on the chin over the weekend from several state newspapers. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel asks why the Walker administration hasn't kept a closer eye on the new department. The La Crosse Tribune maintains that the WEDC has failed the taxpayers of Wisconsin by failing to keep track of the money it spends where and how. Citing its earlier admonitions that the Walker's formation of the WEDC to replace the Commerce Department needed to be accomplished with utmost transparency, the Beloit Daily News calls the WEDC a complete "mess." The consensus is that the agency's track record helps answer the question why Wisconsin's job formation is way off track.

Blogger Dave Cieslewicz proposes that Madison extend its alternate side parking rules to May, rather than end them on March 15th as is now the case. The reason? Because it will give street sweepers a chance to clean the streets to keep spring run-off debris from entering the lakes, he says. The cold, wet and tardy spring is hurting the lakes otherwise, he contends.

On Uppity Wisconsin's blog, Jud Lounsbury is incredulous that Scott Walker is making speeches claiming that the 4th of July is an anti-government celebration. It's not, he says, it's a celebration of throwing off the yoke of a dictatorship and replacing it with a represenative government of, by and for the people.

On BloggingBlue, Zach Wisniewski backs Mike Tate's bid for a third term as state Democratic Party chairman. There have been some disappointments under his leadership, the blogger says, but his has a plan in the works to take back the state for his party.

Blogger James Rowen contends that the DNR is taking aim at rural Wisconsin, citing warnings by former secretary George Meyer that a cutback in environmental review the department has announced is going to allow bad decisions.

Jeff Simpson blogs that there's more bad news about the push for voucher schools in the state.  Studies show that choice schools are no better than public schools, he maintains.

Moneyed Politicians blogger Jack Lohman says that ObamaCare is so complex it's going to implode, so he's calling on Gov. Scott Walker to remedy the situation. All Walker would have to do is propose a single-payer system for Wisconsin, ala Massachusetts, and all would be solved.

A Badger Herald letter writer insists the Palermo pizza protesters are ignoring the facts while confronting the UW-Madison. He claims the protesters have become unhinged and offers an apology to Acting Chancellor David Ward.

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