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Flowers Cost Money

Wisconsin

Flower funds drawing fire

 

Madison - The state housing authority is spending $1,400 on flowers for its employee holiday party - a move a state senator calls ridiculous.

 

"They just don't get it," said Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend), who sits on the board of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority.

 

Grothman on Friday urged Antonio Riley, the authority's executive director, to instead give the money to the Salvation Army shelter in Madison.

 

"People in this state are really suffering, and while this may seem a small amount to you, it just continues to show that government has not adjusted (its) behavior to fit the economy," Grothman wrote in a letter to Riley.

 

The housing authority gave no signs of backing down.

 

"We stand by our decision to host an employee appreciation party this year, in an effort to continue to keep morale high amongst our team," WHEDA spokeswoman Kate Venne said in a statement.

 

The statement noted the authority does not use tax money, instead relying on bond sales and fees.  It said that this week the board approved $555,000 for emergency housing shelters and transitional housing programs, and that Grothman voted against that measure.

 

The authority has reduced operating costs 6%, Venne said.

 

Perry Armstrong, chairman of the authority's board, declined to weigh in.

 

"We have a $25 million budget," he said.  "For me to publically comment on a $1,400 expenditure is likely to be perceived as micromanaging."

 

- Patrick Marley

 

Source: MJS

 

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