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Walker defends WEDC changes, noncommittal on voucher plan

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker is defending the quasi-private economic development agency he created four years ago, despite his call this week to reform it in the wake of a critical audit.

Walker spoke with reporters Saturday at the Wisconsin Republican Party convention.

Walker says the "broader vision" for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has been "highly effective." Walker had called for merging WEDC with an agency that handles low interest housing loans, but scrapped that idea.

And on Friday Walker called for restructuring WEDC to phase out direct loans to businesses and put those dollars instead toward tax incentives.

Walker also took no position on a new idea to model the private school voucher program like open enrollment, which could cost public schools about $48 million over the next two years.

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