Mismanagement Category Archive


  • Polluter Penalties Drop 78%

    Financial penalties for violations of Wisconsin environmental laws fell sharply in 2015 to their lowest level in at least a decade. Data released by a conservation organization show forfeitures paid by individuals...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05/19/2016
  • Walker Administration Delays $101 Million Debt Payment

    Gov. Scott Walker’s administration this month put off making $101 million in debt payments, driving up costs for taxpayers by more than $2 million in the long run, according to the Legislature’s...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05/10/2016
  • Scott Walker’s HR Agency Slammed Civil Service Changes in Private Memo

    The personnel agency in Gov. Scott Walker’s administration privately blasted changes to the state’s civil service days after they were proposed, telling his office the overhaul would slow hiring, turn away qualified...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 05/02/2016
  • John Doe Investigation Into Lincoln Hills Abuse Allegations Closed

    A state John Doe investigation into a troubled juvenile prison in northern Wisconsin has been closed under a law signed last year by Gov. Scott Walker that put time limits on such...

    WPR, 04/19/2016
  • Special Treatment or Limited Access: State Policies Spell Out Who Can Talk to the Press

    While the policy has been in place since at least 2008, the agency’s monthly and quarterly employment data came under intense scrutiny after Gov. Scott Walker promised to add 250,000 private sector...

    La Crosse Tribune, 03/15/2016
  • Scott Walker Calls for State Agencies to Track Open Records Requests, Speed Up Response Times

    In advance of Sunshine Week, Gov. Scott Walker is ordering his administration to improve its handling of public records requests, speed up response times and provide mandatory records training for all state...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/12/2016
  • Rebecca Bradley Apologizes for Student Columns Calling AIDS Patients ‘degenerates’ and Gays ‘queers’

    A spokeswoman for Gov. Scott Walker, who appointed Bradley to three judgeships in as many years — including as Supreme Court justice last fall — said Monday that “neither the Governor nor...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/08/2016
  • Paul Soglin Blasts WEDC, WMC in Wake of Kraft Heinz Report

    In the days after the Oscar Mayer announcement, Gov. Scott Walker pointed out that Soglin never contacted his office or WEDC. In Thursday’s interview, Soglin maintained that Madison made no mistakes.“We’re the...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/04/2016
  • Feds Looking at Whether Civil Rights Were Violated at Lincoln Hills

    In February, Gov. Scott Walker’s office released records that showed Lincoln Hills staff in 2012 failed to take an inmate who was sexually assaulted to an emergency room until after a prison...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/02/2016
  • Walker Signs Bill Allowing Towns in Dane County to Opt Out of Zoning Laws

    Walker also signed a bill allowing towns in Dane County to opt out of county zoning laws. The bill, authored by Rep. Keith Ripp, R-Lodi, was introduced after the Dane County Towns...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/01/2016
  • Wisconsin Uses Affordable Care Act but Rejects Funding For it

    Wisconsin’s decision last week to challenge a fee imposed by the Affordable Care Act set up a comparison not lost on advocates who support the law.The fee has cost the state about...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/28/2016
  • Walker Policies Cited As Factor in Increase Rise of EPA Polluted Water Listings in Wisconsin

    The proposed EPA Impaired Waters List for 2016 in Wisconsin contains 1,694 listings, more than double the 761 approved for the list in 2004.The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has recommended...

    Green Bay Press-Gazette, 02/24/2016
  • Sex Assault Allegation Mishandled at Lincoln Hills

    Despite what a former state employee called a strong case, officials in 2013 abandoned pursuing charges against a juvenile inmate accused of sexually assaulting his roommate at a secure Northwoods facility now...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/23/2016
  • Department of Corrections Secretary to Resign As New Information Surfaces on Lincoln Hills

    A staffer at a troubled Northwoods youth prison has been put on paid leave pending an investigation of the medical treatment of a juvenile who was taken to a hospital this month....

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/22/2016
  • Taxpayer Tab for Walker Presidential Run Security Rises

    Taxpayers cut nine checks for five figures — including one for more than $93,000 — to members of Gov. Scott Walker’s security team last year after a federal agency found the state...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/22/2016
  • Walker Appointees at Department of Natural Resources Considered Disciplining Employee for Releasing Public Records

    Political appointees of the Department of Natural Resources discussed disciplining an employee after she provided public records to a Sheboygan County citizens group fighting plans by the Kohler Co. for a golf...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/13/2016
  • Lincoln Hills Investigation Results in Resignation of Walker’s Secretary of Department of Corrections

    Department of Corrections secretary Ed Wall has resigned amid a wide-ranging investigation of the state’s youth prison, now led by the FBI. The disclosure Friday of Wall’s resignation came hours after federal...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 02/13/2016
  • Walker Denies Prior Knowledge of Lincoln Hill Youth Prison Abuses As Corrections Secretary Resigns Amid Investigation

    Wisconsin Department of Corrections Secretary Ed Wall has resigned amid an investigation into abuse allegations at the state’s youth prison, the governor’s office said Friday as news emerged that the FBI had...

    Associated Press, 02/12/2016
  • Walker’s Act 10 Cited As Concerns Rise Over Teacher Shortage

    In the five years since Act 10 became law, Wisconsin school districts have experienced a dramatic decline in the number of applicants for each teacher vacancy. In 2015, there were an average...

    WITI-TV, 02/09/2016
  • Rauner Is No Friend to Working Families

    The fact is that Gov. Scott Walker’s rabid anti-union agenda has been a disaster for the economy of Wisconsin, which remains in the bottom third of states for job growth.

    Chicago Tribune, 01/29/2016
  • Lincoln Hills Youth Had Toes Amputated After Run-in With Staff

    In recent days, Lincoln Hills inmates have fought with each other multiple times, refused to go into their rooms – at least once en masse – and in one case threw urine...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/16/2015
  • Walker Signs Split of State’s GAB | Campaign Finance Measure Also Approved

    Gov. Scott Walker privately signed a measure Wednesday loosening the state’s campaign finance laws and eliminating the state elections and ethics agency that investigated his campaign for teaming up with conservative groups.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/16/2015
  • Open Government Group Files Complaint Against Public Records Board

    He noted that Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has already used the new definition of “transitory” records to justify denying records that existed at one time, but were not maintained. One of those...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 12/15/2015
  • Lawmaker Asked Corrections Officials in March About Problems at Youth Prison

    Earlier this week Gov. Scott Walker said he didn’t think there was a connection between staffing issues and the Lincoln Hills allegations. “I think their concerns were not specific to that,” Walker...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 12/11/2015
  • Scott Walker: DOC Reviewing Safety at All Prisons in Wake of Criminal Investigation at Youth Prison

    Gov. Scott Walker said Friday his administration is reviewing safety measures and policies at all state prisons as the Department of Justice investigates alleged abuse of inmates at a juvenile prison in...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 12/11/2015
  • Questions, Answers About Text Messages, Visitor Logs and Other Wisconsin Open Records Issues

    Gov. Scott Walker on Monday refuted reports that his administration is doing anything questionable when it comes to Wisconsin ‘s open records law. But those reports brought to light a change made...

    Capital Times, 12/10/2015
  • Abuse, Misconduct, Intimidation at Center of Sweeping Investigation of Wisconsin Juvenile Prison

    Under a law Gov. Scott Walker signed Oct. 23, John Doe inquiries cannot be used to investigate allegations of misconduct in public office. The John Doe request in this case was filed...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 12/10/2015
  • Board’s Records Action Appears to Have Violated Open Meetings law

    An obscure board overseeing state public records gave so little notice of a move to sharply limit electronic records that it appears to have violated the state’s open meetings law, attorneys and...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/09/2015
  • Admins Removed Amid DOJ Investigation Into ‘mistreatment of Youth’ at State Juvenile Facility

    The facility, which is about 30 miles north of Wausau, is the state’s youth prison. Copper Lake houses female offenders — 36 as of Friday — while 228 male inmates were at...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 12/08/2015
  • Agents Continue Assault Probe at Juvenile Offender School

    Speaking to reporters in Madison on Monday, Gov. Scott Walker said Wall and top agency officials had brought concerns to the Department of Justice and Lincoln County Sheriff Jeff Jaeger and that...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/08/2015
  • Quiet Change in Public Records Policy Could Shield Messages

    An obscure board overseeing public records in Wisconsin has quietly cut back on requirements to maintain some electronic records such as text messages about major taxpayer awards to businesses. … Gov. Scott...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/07/2015
  • Agents Raid School for Juvenile Offenders Amid Secret Probe

    Speaking to reporters in Madison, Gov. Scott Walker said Wall and top agency officials had brought concerns to the Department of Justice and Lincoln County Sheriff Jeff Jaeger and had not tried...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/07/2015
  • Scott Walker Administration Finding New Way to Deny Public Records

    Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has found another novel method to deny the public access to government records. In at least two recent cases, the administration says it doesn’t have to keep certain...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 12/07/2015
  • Ex-DNR Officials Complain About Enforcement Under Walker

    The DNR has come under fire from Democrats and environmentalists under Gov. Scott Walker. Officials have said they are enforcing regulations but also trying to reduce unnecessary costs and red tape by...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/07/2015
  • State’s Handling of Workers Caught in Workplace Sex Doesn’t Match Scott Walker’s Account

    In making his case to Republican lawmakers this fall that the state’s civil service system needed to be overhauled, Gov. Scott Walker cited the case of two state workers who he said...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 12/05/2015
  • Top GOP Lawmakers Might Rebrand Troubled Jobs Agency

    GOP Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans in the Legislature created WEDC in 2011, soon after they were swept into power. The new agency replaced the state Department of Commerce and was aimed...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/10/2015
  • Failure at the Faucet: Safe, Clean Drinking Water Eludes Many Wisconsinite

    In 2011, the EPA identified 75 failings in the DNR’s enforcement of the state’s wastewater pollution permit program. Last month, after the residents’ petition was filed, the state agency announced it is...

    Capital Times, 11/08/2015
  • City Officials, Democrats Blame Scott Walker Administration for Not Reaching Out to Oscar Mayer

    Gov. Scott Walker’s economic development agency made no contact with Kraft Heinz as other states did in the months leading up to the company’s decision to close its Oscar Mayer headquarters in...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 11/05/2015
  • Oscar Mayer Plant in Madison Will Close; Headquarters to Move to Chicago

    Like most everyone else, Gov. Scott Walker only learned of Kraft Heinz’s decision Wednesday, spokeswoman Laurel Patrick said. She said his office “will work with local officials and our Department of Workforce...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 11/04/2015
  • Lawmakers Inch Closer to Overhauling Civil Service System

    On the civil service bill, both sides in the GOP dispute are holding firm, meaning that the proposal is unlikely to pass the Senate until early next year. The bill would overhaul...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/27/2015
  • Lapdogs’ and ‘la-la Land’: Wisconsin Assembly Debates Campaign Finance Laws, GAB Overhaul

    A spokeswoman for Gov. Scott Walker said he supports overall reform of the GAB, and he “looks forward to working with lawmakers on a replacement for the GAB that is fair, transparent,...

    Capital Times, 10/21/2015
  • Group Asks EPA to Step Up Oversight of State DNR

    In a teleconference, the group said that budget cutting, retirements and actions by the Legislature have effectively curbed the power of the DNR. The EPA said it is monitoring the efforts of...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/20/2015
  • Lawmakers Approve Bill Ending John Doe Probes of Political Crimes

    The proposal, which would reshape how cases of bribery of public officials and other political crimes are often investigated, was largely prompted by a probe into the Republican governor’s campaign and conservative...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/20/2015
  • Scott Walker, Legislature Altering Wisconsin’s Way of Protecting Natural Resources

    “Governor Walker believes it’s possible to protect our clean air, clean land, and clean water while enacting policies that improve our business climate and spur economic growth,” Walker spokeswoman Laurel Patrick said...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 10/04/2015
  • Scott Walker’s Record on Mismanagement

    While Gov. Scott Walker is an expert at campaigning, his time in office shows that he is not an expert at governing

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/09/2015
  • Walker Weakened Department of Revenue’s Ability to Go After Tax cheats

    Additionally, the governor slowed the progress made in 2010 by the Department of Revenue in collecting delinquent taxes. In 2010, the Department collected $193 million in delinquent taxes, a $40 million increase...

    Department of Administration, 06/05/2015
  • Rep. Chris Taylor Says Gov. Scott Walker’s Budget Filled With Mistakes

    Democrats (and a few Republicans) have complained about a variety of matters in the budget, and said the package was poorly prepared. Such complaints were raised in a news release issued the...

    Politifact, 06/01/2015
  • Walker Aides Pushed for Questionable WEDC Loan for Donor Who Had Maxed Out to Walker

    Gov. Scott Walker’s top aides and a powerful lobbyist pressed for a taxpayer-funded loan in 2011 to a financially struggling Milwaukee construction company that lost the state half a million dollars, created...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 05/18/2015