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Republicans propose removing lawmakers from WEDC board


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Two Republican legislators want to remove all lawmakers from the board that oversees Governor Scott Walker's troubled job creation agency.

Four lawmakers -- Senator Rick Gudex, a Fond du Lac Republican; Representative Rob Hutton, a Brookfield Republican; Senator Julie Lassa, a Stevens Point Democrat; and Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, a Kenosha Democrat, currently sit on the 12-member board.

Lassa and Barca have been vocal critics of WEDC, which has been plagued by mismanagement and a failure to track past-due loans.

Gudex and Hutton introduced a bill Friday that would remove all four legislators from the board and replace them with people from the private sector. They said in a memo seeking co-sponsors that representatives from the private sector can provide better firsthand experience in economic development initiatives.

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