Republican lawmakers on the Legislature's finance committee moved Thursday to restructure Gov. Scott Walker's struggling job creation agency, approving a plan to remove the governor as chairman, dramatically reduce the agency's reserves and eliminate a program that would fund regional loans.
The move immediately drew praise from the committee's minority Democrats. They declared that Republicans want to "fire" their own governor from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and demanded the GOP get even tougher on the agency.
Republicans countered that Walker proposed removing all elected officials from the board in the state budget he introduced in February. They said he wants to depoliticize the agency and called on Democrats to dial back the rhetoric.