Mismanagement Category Archive


  • Walker Budget Skips Debt Payments to Make Up for Walker’s Tax Cuts

    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, facing a $283 million deficit that needs to be closed by the end of June, will skip more than $100 million in debt payments to balance the books...

    Bloomberg, 02/18/2015
  • Scott Walker’s Budget Deficit Keeps Getting Worse As He Campaigns in Iowa and California.

    The highly respected and nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) released new projections showing that Wisconsin is ending its current budget with a $283 million deficit, more than twice what Walker’s aides said...

    Express Milwaukee, 01/27/2015
  • Campaign Aides Again Directing Response to County Issues, This Time Walker Mismanagement of County Mental Health Complex

    Walker’s county and campaign staffs collaborated in determining how to respond to one issue after another — sexual assaults of patients at the complex, security lapses, controversial remarks by Milwaukee County’s mental...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/26/2014
  • Walker, Again, Personally Directing Response to Controversy

    “We need to continue to keep me out of the story as this is a process issue and not a policy matter,” Walker wrote on March 27, 2010. The issue at that...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/26/2014
  • Walker’s Gubernatorial Campaign Manager Directs Top Walker County Aide to Try to Suppress Open Records

    Gilkes told Rindfleisch to prod a county lawyer — then-Deputy Corporation Counsel Timothy Schoewe — to take a tougher stance. “Just do me a favor and tell him that we are getting...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/26/2014
  • Top Walker Aide Makes Light of County Mismanagement of Mental Health Services, “No One Care About Crazy People”

    Rindfleisch was sarcastic about the Mental Health Complex issue in a Sept. 2, 2010, email to a friend. “Last week was a nightmare,” she wrote. “A bad story every day on our...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/26/2014
  • Emails Show Walker Campaign Manager Successfully Delayed Milwaukee County Settlement With Parents of Woman Who Starved to Death at Walker Overseen County Mental Health Complex

    Instructions from Scott Walker’s campaign manager were explicit: Delay settlement of a long-standing legal case over the starvation-relateddeath of Cindy Anczak at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex. “Could care less what...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/26/2014
  • Walker’s Campaign and County Aides Coordinated Response to Outrageous Remarks of His Appointed Administrator of County Behavioral Health Division

    John Chianelli, then administrator of the county’s Behavioral Health Division, was quoted telling county supervisors that sexual assaults in mixed-gender wards were a trade-off for more violent assaults that would happen in...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/26/2014
  • Walker Campaign Manager Directs Firing of County Aide to Take the Fall for Mismanagement of Mental Health Services Under Walker

    After Chianelli was demoted for his handling of sexual assaults at the complex, Gilkes wrote to Walker’s staff about the need to fire him: “I think we throw John under the bus...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/20/2014
  • What Did Walker Aides Think Was Funny? Racism, Apparently.

    In April 2010, Walker’s former deputy chief of staff Kelly Rindfleisch received an emailed joke from a friend about someone whose dogs supposedly qualified for welfare because they are “mixed in color,...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/20/2014
  • Walker Campaign Aide’s Racist tweets Revealed

    In December, Walker fired Taylor Palmisano as his campaign’s deputy finance director after Journal Sentinel columnist Daniel Bice contacted the campaign about tweets made by Palmisano. In one, Palmisano, 23, complained about...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/20/2014
  • Walker Transportation Department Assistant Deputy Secretary’s Racist Facebook Rant

    In August, Walker fired Steven Krieser, assistant deputy secretary at the state Department of Transportation, after he likened illegal immigrants to Satan during a Facebook debate over a bumper sticker declaring open...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/20/2014
  • Walker Aide Fired After Tweets Demeaning Hispanics

    For the second time in less than four months, Gov. Scott Walker has fired an aide for making demeaning comments about Hispanics on social media. Walker — who has been calling on...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/03/2013
  • Scott Suder Steps Away From Job in Scott Walker’s Administration

    Just days before receiving the grant, the lobbyist for United Sportsmen offered free fishing excursions to Suder, the Journal Sentinel reported Monday. The day the trip began, Suder joined 17 other Republicans...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/03/2013
  • Suder Shuffles Off the State and On To Special Interests’ Payroll

    Mere days before he was slated to start a $94,000 a year job in the Walker administration, it was announced today that former Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder has taken a different job as a special interest lobbyist.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/03/2013
  • United Sportsmen Official Offered Free Two-Day Fishing Excursion to Author of Sweetheart Deal

    MADISON, Wis. — The author of a sweetheart deal worth potentially millions of dollars for a politically-connected organization was offered a free, two-day Lake Michigan fishing excursion by the lobbyist and Executive...

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/29/2013
  • Journal Sentinel Investigation Provides a Case Study in WEDC failures

    To see the recent struggles of the state’s jobs programs, take the case of a missing crane, a seemingly untraceable business owner and $83,000 in squandered taxpayer money. When the state lent...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/20/2013
  • #WalkerAt20: Friends’ Felonious Failures

    MADISON, Wis. — In his twenty years in office, Scott Walker has amassed a truly astounding record of failure. To commemorate the looming anniversary of his first election to office, One Wisconsin...

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/26/2013
  • Walker Wanted to Give Scandal-plagued WEDC More Money

    In what parallel universe does a scandal-plagued agency that just got dinged for failing to account for the money it’s been spending get more money? That parallel universe would be Scott Walker’s...

    Capital Times, 05/09/2013
  • Will Legislators Give the OK For Gov. Walker’s Scandal Plagued WEDC to Grow?

    Adding insult to the outrage of Gov. Walker's mismanaged WEDC is its utter failure to perform as advertised, with Wisconsin ranking among worst in the nation for job creation.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/06/2013
  • Walker’s Flagship Jobs Agency Failed in Tracking Taxpayer Money, Audit Finds

    “A stinging audit has found that the state’s flagship jobs agency repeatedly failed last year to follow basic standards in state law for ensuring the clear and proper use of millions of...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05/01/2013
  • State Audit Says Walker’s Flagship WEDC Broke State Law

    A blistering audit released Wednesday said Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s premier job creation agency repeatedly broke state law in its first year of operation, failed to adequately track money it awarded for...

    Associated Press, 05/01/2013
  • Legislative Audit Bureau Finds Gov. Walker’s WEDC Inadequate

    To Speaker Vos, Rep. Marklein and the other members of the so-called 'CPA Caucus' I ask, after this scathing audit, what more do you need to put Gov. Walker's WEDC under the microscope?

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/30/2013
  • Some Economists Say Walker to Blame for Wisconsin’s Slow Economic Recovery

    Across the country, the economy is slowly but steadily improving. More companies are hiring, consumers are spending again, the stock market is tickling record highs and many Americans say they are feeling...

    Capital Times, 02/06/2013
  • Gov. Walker’s Mental Health Funding Announcement Belies Disastrous Record

    One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements in response to Gov. Walker’s announcement on mental health funding in his 2013-15 budget proposal: “To call Scott Walker’s record on...

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/05/2013
  • Walker Hires Interim CEO for WEDC

    “Walker’s WEDC has come up so short because there is no accountability in handing out millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded giveaways to businesses,” Ross said. “And Walker’s ‘solution’ is to put a board member from the state’s biggest business lobby in charge.”

    Badger Herald, 10/20/2012
  • WEDC Loses Track of $8M in Past Due Loans

    “Gov. Walker’s WEDC has proven to be as unaccountable and unsuccessful at getting the job done for Wisconsin as critics said it would be,” said One Wisconsin Now.

    Wisconsin State Journal, 10/18/2012
  • Sexual Harassment Allegation Against Perez Surfaces From Woman Who Was Fired

    A woman who claimed she filed a harassment complaint with the state Department of Administration against former Workforce Development Secretary Manny Perez in fact never did so, records show. Allison Rozek, until...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/30/2011
  • Walker’s Second DWD Secretary Abruptly Resigns

    A second person has resigned as secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development in Gov. Scott Walker’s first year in office. Walker announced Monday that Secretary Scott Baumbach had resigned after...

    Associated Press, 10/24/2011
  • Wisconsin Gov. Walker Broke Campaign Promise on Paying Full Cost of Pension

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who forced public workers to pay more for their pensions as part of a push to curb union rights, broke his campaign promise to pay the full cost...

    Boston Globe, 10/13/2011
  • IPads Put $60,000 Byte on WI Taxpayers

    Despite Governor Walker’s message of the importance of paying off he State’s debt, newly created WEDC dropped more than $43,000 to by 74 iPads for all of its staff. Along with the...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/07/2011
  • Walker’s #2 at DOA Abruptly Takes Leave of Absence; Is Moved to New State Job; House Gets Raided by FBI

    Three days after Cindy Archer was to have started her job as the legislative liaison at the state Department of Children and Families – and while she was already being paid sick...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 09/23/2011
  • Archer’s Home Raided by FBI As Part of John Doe Investigation

    About a dozen law enforcement officers, including FBI agents, searched the Madison home of a former top aide to then-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker on Wednesday morning…The search of Archer’s house comes...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 09/15/2011
  • Walker’s #2 at DOA Abruptly Takes Leave of Absence; Is Moved to New State Job; House Gets Raided by FBI

    Cindy Archer, who abruptly left Scott Walker’s administration last month for “personal family matters,” actually had another politically appointed job under the governor already lined up. She’ll take a $25,000 pay cut...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 09/12/2011
  • Public-Private Economic Agencies Under Fire in Other States

    WEDC has been the source of some controversy. From its inception, critics worried it would wrestle with the same problems that plagued similar hybrid agencies in other states. In Texas, state leaders...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 08/30/2011
  • WEDC Working on Hiring, Branding, and Being Nimble

    The public-private hybrid agency officially opened July 1, but there still are no outward signs of its existence. Now, some eight weeks in, WEDC officials are working out the details. They’ve installed...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 08/30/2011
  • Wisconsin’s Chief Economic Recruiter Still Is Very Much Under Construction

    There is this perception that we just took Commerce and privatized it, said Paul Jadin, Commerce secretary and CEO of WEDC. “The truth is, we are creating a whole new organization and...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 08/30/2011
  • Walker’s Former Chief of Staff Awarded Multiple State Jobs, Resigns From Final Appointment Three Days After Taking Job

    Tom Nardelli abruptly quit his state job with Gov. Scott Walker in late July, pulling the plug on his $90,000-a-year position just days after accepting the post…Nardelli said Tuesday he resigned as...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 08/23/2011
  • Privatization Attempt Halted by Federal Gov’t

    Attempts by the new Republican administration to largely privatize the state’s food assistance program have been all but stopped in their tracks. The controversial plan, first proposed by Gov. Scott Walker in...

    Capital Times, 08/16/2011
  • Walker’s Former Chief of Staff Awarded Multiple State Jobs, Resigns From Final Appointment Three Days After Taking Job

    Tom Nardelli was named to his second job in Gov. Scott Walker’s administration Monday as administrator of the state Division of Environmental and Regulatory Services. The division, formerly housed in the state...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/18/2011
  • Walker Raided $411 Million From Other Funds to Fill the Budget Deficit

    According to a July 5, 2011 Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo, Walker used the following funds for purposes other than for which the fund was created:

    Legislative Fiscal Bureau, 07/05/2011
  • Walker Raided Money From Other Projects for Reconstruction of Bridge in Milwaukee

    In the budget, Walker signed into law a provision that allows the Department of Transportation to take money from other major projects funded through major highway development, state highway rehabilitation, and southeast...

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • Walker’s Second DWD Secretary Abruptly Resigns

    Gov. Scott Walker has named Scott Baumbach as fulltime secretary of Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development. Baumbach had served as interim secretary since last month when Manny Perez resigned just five months...

    Associated Press, 06/08/2011
  • DWD Secretary Quits to Pursue “New Opportunities”

    First DWD Secretary: The Wisconsin secretary of workforce development has resigned just five months after his appointment by Gov. Scott Walker. Manny Perez says in a statement that he’ll return to the...

    Associated Press, 05/11/2011
  • Walker’s Former Chief of Staff Awarded Multiple State Jobs, Resigns From Final Appointment Three Days After Taking Job

    Tom Nardelli, former chief of staff to then-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, has been named administrator of the state Safety & Buildings Division….As head of the state safety division in the Commerce...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/11/2011
  • One Wisconsin Now Launches ‘Scott Walker Failure Files’ Timeline

    MADISON, Wis. — Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s eight years of failed leadership are highlighted in an interactive timeline documenting his misdeeds, mismanagement and incompetence created by One Wisconsin Now and available...

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/12/2010
  • Walker Supported Allowing County Streams to Be Used For wastewater

    “Milwaukee County Board Chairman Lee Holloway Friday defended the board’s opposition to use of county streams for treated wastewater from Waukesha on health grounds. Waukesha has proposed using Underwood Creek as a...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04/23/2010
  • Public Safety Officials Warned Walker Furloughs Could Compromise Public Safety

    “Unpaid furloughs ordered to help balance Milwaukee County’s 2010 budget could compromise public safety, according to law enforcement and court officials. The impact of furloughs — or other substitute budget cuts –...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 01/18/2010