Evers wants more focus on small business

Gov. Tony Evers has requested the formation of a new committee focused on boosting the number of small business startups in Wisconsin, according to an article in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Noting that Wisconsin lags behind other states in new business formation, Evers says he wants the panel to focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. He also wants the panel to ensure more economic development funding for Main Street business, a point he made during the 2018 gubernatorial campaign when he criticized the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. for giving tax subsidies to large businesses in return for creating jobs.

The WEDC, established by former Gov. Scott Walker, replaced the old Department of Commerce. During the campaign, Evers called for its abolition, and while he can’t get rid of the agency without approval of the Republican controlled state Legislature, he can try to influence the WEDC’s direction.