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WEDC Board members featured on Capitol City Sunday


MADISON (WKOW) -- The problems at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation are front and center on this weekend's edition of Capitol City Sunday.

WEDC Board members Paul Radpsinner and Sen. Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) both say there is still hope for Gov. Scott Walker's (R-Wisconsin) job creation agency, but time is running out.

"We need to make sure that WEDC is accountable for the millions of dollars that they get from taxpayers," said Sen. Lassa.

"The new leadership has a good handle on that and they need to be given a chance to implement what they say they're implementing at this point and time," said Radspinner, who is also the President and CEO of FluGen Inc., a Madison-based bio-tech firm.

Sen. Lassa and Radspinner say new requirements from the Joint Legislative Finance Committee that tie new funding to performance and accountability are a good start.

"The Republican members of the Joint Finance Committee took two amendments that I and my Democratic colleagues offered two years ago, when we debated the creation of WEDC, and they're finally I think seeing the light," said Sen. Lassa.

"Following an ethics law to me is no problem whatsoever," said Radspinner, referring to one of the new WEDC requirements.  "So, we should be treated like a public company with taxpayers as our shareholders and we are responsible to those shareholders.  They own this company."

In the second half of the show, Reporter Daniel Woodruff from our Wausau affiliate has a recap of last weekend's Republican State Convention.   Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus says the move to make the party more relatable on a national scale is underway.

"I mean, let's face it, the elephant in the room right, when you say biologically stupid things they have an effect on the entire country and I think we could take some steps to work on that," said Priebus.

Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m. on WKOW 27.

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