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PolitiFact Wisconsin: Evers on the future of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Posted at 6:55 PM, Jan 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 17:45:33-05

Next Tuesday Gov. Tony Evers will deliver his vision for Wisconsin in his first state of the state speech.

But PolitiFact Wisconsin says the new governor is already changing his position on a key campaign promise.

Candidate Tony Evers campaigned on the idea he wanted to eliminate the state's job agency that negotiated the details of the state's Foxconn deal and other economic opportunities.

But what about Gov. Evers?

"The issue in question is whether he's been consistent on saying he will include or defund, so take money away from, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation in his first budget," said Greg Borowski with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Gov. Scott Walker set up what's known as WEDC by eliminating the state's Department of Commerce.

Evers joined other critics by calling it quote a constant source of controversy.

"A year ago on the campaign trail he said he wanted to eliminate this agency, to return it to a state funded agency rather than the public-private partnership approach that's being used now," said Borowski. " More recently he is saying no, that won't happen in the first budget but he's still determined to undo what's known informally as WEDC."

After the election - Republican backed legislation sort of threw a wrench into Evers' plan by giving lawmakers control over the agency.

"It was Republicans who in their lame duck package made it clear that the governor couldn't make some changes until after September," said Borowski, "so that complicates the idea of in his first budget eliminating funding.

PolitiFact Wisconsin rated this a Full Flop on the Flip O Meter.