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Bill Lueders column: State's contracting costs keep rising

12:39 AM, Jan. 14, 2013
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State bureaucrats, it seems, are less than enthusiastic about the law requiring an annual report itemizing how much Wisconsin spends contracting out work to various service providers.

Under Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, the report was submitted as late as seven weeks past its Oct. 15 due date. Republican Gov. Scott Walker proposed axing the requirement. Failing that, his administration turned in its first report, for fiscal 2011, more than eight months late and only after this column reported on the delay.

The latest report, for fiscal 2012, was quietly submitted in mid-November. As with ...

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