Spotlight: Evers’ billion-dollar transparency failures

Wisconsin Spotlight | Dec. 20, 2022

By Mark Lisheron, Badger Institute

The Legislative Audit Bureau criticized the state Department of Administration for its lack of openness in how it is deploying $5.7 billion in federal health emergency funds granted to Wisconsin.

The audit report, released Wednesday, comes months after the Badger Institute first called for a comprehensive audit of all state spending of funds provided through the CARES Act, American Rescue Plan Act and the Investment and Jobs Act.

For two years the Badger Institute has tracked the spending, raising questions about the need for the funding, the way it has been spent and the lack of transparency and accountability on the part of Gov. Tony Evers and the Department of Administration, which have sole discretion for the dispersal of the federal funding.

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