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Assembly Minority Leader proposes WEDC anti-outsourcing initiative

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Companies that get state tax breaks for creating jobs would have to tell the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation if they send jobs to other countries.

That proposal comes today from Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca.

He said that under current WEDC rules, most subsidies would end once the agency learns that such a firm is involved in outsourcing.

Earlier Monday, Republican Governor Scott Walker said he support some type of anti-outsourcing measure. That's after his campaign finance report showed contributions from businesses which moved jobs overseas, while he's criticizing his Democratic opponent Mary Burke because her family-owned company did the same.

Barca also said the WEDC should make companies which apply for tax breaks vouch for the fact that the projects would not go ahead without government aid.

Firms would also have to let the state know about any changes in their projects after the grants are awarded.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)