Wisconsin GOP legislation eases corporate tax break rules

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Companies seeking tax credits from Wisconsin’s troubled job-creation agency would face less scrutiny under a provision Republicans included in last week’s lame-duck legislation. The measure would loosen the reins on an agency that has been marred by allegations of failing to recover loans and handing out $126 million without a formal review. > AP News

Wisconsin lawmakers approve changes to WEDC job tracking

Amid a flurry of proposals during this week’s extraordinary session, state lawmakers approved changes to how Wisconsin’s economic development agency tracks job creation. Under the bill now on Gov. Scott Walker’s desk, the WEDC would no longer have to verify all job creation and retention figures submitted by every tax credit recipient. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Summary of the lame-duck bills Wisconsin Republicans passed this morning

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AP News provides a rundown of the bills Wisconsin Republican lawmakers passed Wednesday to weaken the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general and curtail early voting, among several other bills.

Assembly votes, sending lame-duck bills to Walker’s desk

With an Assembly vote shortly after 8 a.m., the Republican-controlled state Legislature has approved new limits on the power of Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers in their lame-duck session, as well as limited early voting and given state lawmakers more power over the state’s economic development agency, which Evers has said he would like to eliminate. > Wisconsin Public Radio

WEDC trying to persuade Gov.-elect Evers to keep their agency afloat

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The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is trying to persuade Gov.-elect Tony Evers to keep their agency, after Evers said earlier this week he will attempt to get rid of the WEDC. Agency officials are arguing that Evers’ priority to increase workforce development won’t be possible without their agency staying in state. > ABC 27 Madison

Evers confirms that as governor, he’ll propose dissolving Walker’s jobs agency

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Gov.-elect Tony Evers said Tuesday that after taking office he will propose to dissolve Gov. Scott Walker’s public-private jobs agency, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. “I think it’s important that economic development be part of state government rather than a public-private partnership,” Evers said. > Wisconsin State Journal

Vos: Republicans might limit Evers’ power over WEDC

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Monday that GOP lawmakers would consider changing the makeup of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s board in order to limit the power of Gov.-elect Tony Evers. Walker created the agency in 2011, and under its current makeup, the governor’s appointees set the tone for the agency. > Wisconsin Public Radio