Madison -- Mary Burke’s nearly three-year-tenure as Gov. Jim Doyle’s Secretary of Commerce was plagued by mismanagement and waste of taxpayer dollars, dirty deals, and downright disastrous policies that are still hurting Wisconsin today.
“From a lack of oversight to dirty deals, Mary Burke was a disaster at the Department of Commerce,” Press Secretary Alleigh Marré said. “Before leaving Commerce, Burke even said herself they weren’t ‘out there selling the state and attracting the companies.’ Voters can’t trust Mary Burke to lead Wisconsin.”
MARY BURKE WAS A DISASTER AT THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
The Legislative Audit Bureau Established That Commerce Maintained Little Oversight Of Programs, The Number Of Jobs Created Or Tax Credits. “However, agency responsibility for administering economic development programs is fragmented, efforts to measure and report results are limited, and no single entity is responsible for ensuring that the programs are working toward common policy goals.” (Legislative Audit Bureau, Report 06-9, August 2006)
- The Independent Audit Bureau Expressed Concerns About The Accuracy Of Reports From Mary Burke’s Commerce Department. “We have specific concerns about the accuracy and completeness of the information that is tracked and reported for many of Commerce’s programs.” The audit also noted that reports from commerce include “expected rather than actual program outcomes.” (Legislative Audit Bureau, Report 06-9, August 2006)
- Results Reported By Commerce Were Not Consistently Verified. “Commerce does not consistently verify the information it receives from award recipients against information available from other sources.” (Legislative Audit Bureau, Report 06-9, August 2006)
- Mary Burke Said “It's Obviously Hard To Do The Tracking” “When you have so many different programs you are required to conduct, it’s obviously hard to do the tracking,” she said. “The biggest part of tracking is making sure the companies do what they say they’re going to do… we do that.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/9/06)
- Under Jim Doyle And Mary Burke, State Agencies Were Double-Counting Jobs. “The number of jobs created or retained by six companies that received multiple awards from Commerce during the period we reviewed was overstated by 885 because Commerce reported the same expected number of jobs created or retained for each award. In addition, Commerce and DOT each claimed credit for creating or retaining at least 1,800 jobs related to 17 projects that received funding from both agencies from FY 2001-02 through FY 2004-05." (Legislative Audit Bureau, Report 06-9, August 2006)