ON-Lion Letter
In late December, Wisconsin Gov.-elect Scott Walker announced that Rep. Mike Huebsch will be Secretary of the state's Department of Administration (DOA).  A former Speaker of the State Assembly, Huebsch's department will help craft the state budget, which faces an estimated shortfall of more than $3 billion over the next two years.

In the November 2010 Wisconsin Interest magazine, freelance reporter Sunny Schubert asked Huebsch what role the DOA secretary could have in improving public confidence in government.  He quickly said, "Accountability."

"We have to start running the state like a business, and that means holding people accountable," he said.

"The state's mismanaged computer project illustrates the problem," Schubert writes.  "In 2005, Huebsch says, the Doyle administration told taxpayers it would cost $12.8 million to consolidate state computer servers.  By the end of this past June, the cost had risen to $110 million, and the project still wasn’t finished."

Huebsch told Schubert, "At some point, you have to cut your losses.  That's the kind of accountability you see every day in the private sector, but rarely in state government.  You need to bring that same kind of lean approach to state spending."

Wisconsin Interest is published by the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, which is substantially supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.
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