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Capital City Sunday: Speaker Vos, Craig Thompson, Sports Official Shortage, Lt. Governor

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A new audit is warning the state's jobs agency to change its procedures to ensure Foxconn doesn't receive tax breaks for jobs in other states instead of Wisconsin.

An audit conducted by the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau is warning Wisconsin’s Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to change their procedures to make sure tax credits are not awarded to Foxconn employees who don’t work in the state.

When asked if WEDC should make changes to ensure tax credits stay in state, both Governor Tony Evers and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos agreed.

“If it's necessary, of course, I do because the jobs should only be focused on those that are being qualified in Wisconsin,” said Vos.

Foxconn promised to bring 13,000 jobs to Wisconsin in exchange for nearly $3 billion in state incentives. 

Plus, the leader of Wisconsin's Transportation Department is warning about the future of our roads and highways. WisDOT Secretary designee Craig Thompson explains his vision for a bipartisan commission that approves the state's largest, most expensive, road construction projects after they met for the first time in 5 years.

Thompson also said he’s not worried about his confirmation by the Republican controlled State Senate who ultimately decides if he keeps his job.

And, Sports officials are leaving the profession at a rapid rate, causing a shortage. Rep. Don Vruwink (D-Milton) and Ken Koester, National Association of Sports Officials are supporting legislation to make it a crime to harass or intimidate a sports official. 

Lt. Governor Mandela Barns (D) discusses his recent trip to Madrid to combat climate change.

Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

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