Empty Offices Fill Debate Stage

Empty Offices Fill Debate Stage

Republican lawmakers at the Wisconsin Capitol say it is worrying that neither the state nor the UW have a plan to know who is working where or when.

The heads of the state’s Legislative Audit Commission yesterday pressed both the Department of Administration and the University of Wisconsin for answers about two audits that show a lot of people are working from home, and a lot of state-owned buildings are mostly empty. Senator Eric Wimberger said the state and the UW need to know where their people are. State Representative Bob Wittke says the state has invested billions of dollars in office space over the years, and he says someone should explain why it’s empty. The state audit shows nearly three-quarters of workspaces are empty as many as five days a week.

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