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0015, 11 Dec 19

Renters of State Housing Get a Great Deal

Since it’s OPM, state officials are reluctant to rock the boat. Or, alternatively, they are deliberately giving their buddies great deals courtesy of the taxpayers.

An audit concludes some people who live in homes owned by the state of Wisconsin got a break on their rent.

The report from the Legislative Audit Bureau looked at 146 properties managed either by the University of Wisconsin System or by the state’s Department of Natural Resources.

The audit found that in many cases, rents haven’t been raised in years, and some employees didn’t pay rent at all in some months.

“We will definitely be working with these state agencies to bring these properties and their policies back into statutory compliance,” Sen. Senator Robert Cowles, R-Green Bay, said. “The fact that this audit is the result from a tip made to the Waste, Fraud, and Mismanagement Hotline proves we need to continue to look at all aspects of state government to maintain accountability, but that sometimes we need others to report the government waste and abuse that they see.”


0015, 11 December 2019


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Typical of public ownership of resources for exclusive private use.

    Liberals want healthcare to be this exact public ownership mess. Shame on them.

  2. Mark Hoefert

    The IRS could take a look at that report – there may be some situations where specific employees are not paying income tax on the difference between Fair Market Value and less than Fair Market Value – that may be considered an employee benefit.  There can be exceptions if living on site is a requirement – i.e. an onsite park ranger that is expected to respond 24/7.

    The other thing goes to perhaps the skills to manage rental properties are not within the capacity of state departments.  Contracting those duties to outside entities that do this on a regular basis should be considered. The State may be much farther ahead if they could engage the services of a professional property management/realtor firm to perform this function.  Make the payment based on a percentage basis of the rents collected.  I would bet that those firms would make sure to collect rents that reflect market conditions.

  3. jjf

    Of course they left off the chancellor properties.  And then:

    “We also found UW System Administration had leased an apartment to two employees who were not required to pay rent in exchange for managing UW events at the UW System President’s residence. During our audit, UW System Administration indicated that the two employees no longer resided in the property as of September 2019.”

    So WisGOP puppet Ray Cross?

  4. Le Roi du Nord

    Speaking from experience, in some instances residency at a DNR facility was required afor remote locations, such as fish hatcheries, as there was a need for around the clock maintenance and operational supervision.  Housing was part of the total compensation package.

  5. Jason

    >a DNR facility was required afor remote locations

    What the fuck… exactly… does that sentence mean? You hick ?

  6. Le Roi du Nord

    My apologies j, that should have said “for remote locations”.  I hope my error didn’t upset your sensitive nature.

  7. Jason

    Nah man, I love the delicious irony of you being a spelling and grammar nazi on arguments you’re losing… and then pointing out your stupid typing. Keep at it genius.

  8. Le Roi du Nord

    Glad to make you happy.

  9. Kevin Scheunemann

    Well stated Jason.

  10. Jason

    You’re very good at it Leroy.

  11. jjf

    Jason, there are typos and there are people who can’t spell.  Then there are people who use words like “stupid” and then use “genius” as an insult.  Where do you stand?  Should you strive to have correct spelling?  Or is the way you express yourself not an indication of your overall mental abilities?

  12. Le Roi du Nord


    I only apply the spelling, syntax, and punctuation police to the folks that routinely use words like; idiot, stupid, genius, dumb (and dumba$$), uneducated, etc. to describe other folks they disagree with, or to folks that claim that they alone possess the absolute truth, true faith/belief, ultimate authority, or are a stable genius, have a great mind, or make other easily discredited  claims.

    I think we all should strive to be the best we can, others obviously don’t share that opinion.

    Keep up the good work.  And have a great Holiday Season !

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