Kerkman issues statement on Wisconsin Shares Audit

State Rep. Samantha Kerkman has issued a statement on the release of the Legislative Audit Bureau’s second phase of its year-long audit of the Wisconsin Shares program.


State Rep. Samantha Kerkman

Kerkman, a member of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee which requested the audit, said:

“The taxpayers have every right to be outraged by what the audit bureau found.”

The audit revealed at least eight instances in which felons and other individuals with records of child abuse and neglect were either employed by or living in child care facilities. These particular findings were shared with officials at the Department of Children and Families (DCF) who “believe that no children have been harmed” at this time. Additionally, the audit bureau identified 317 individuals participating in Wisconsin Shares whose past criminal offenses require a more in-depth investigation. The report also indicates that operators of 184 licensed and 20 certified child care facilities were overdue for criminal background checks as of June 30, 2009. Of these facilities, 42.9 percent are located in Milwaukee County.

The entire press release is here.

Kerkman’s district includes most of Western Kenosha County.


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