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WEDC may have awarded tax credits without authorization

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A newspaper is reporting that Gov. Scott Walker’s troubled economic development agency may have awarded $21 million in tax credits to companies it wasn’t’ authorized to give out.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday that the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau sent at letter in August to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. noting that the agency had awarded $101.7 million in contracts, or $21.3 million more than its legal limit.

An attorney with the state Department of Administration, a Walker cabinet agency, issued a memo in September backing WEDC’s approach. A WEDC spokesman says the state Justice Department will issue a similar opinion soon. A DOJ spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press.

WEDC has been plagued with problems since Walker created it in 2011.

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