After calling out WHEDA for spending $1400 on flowers for a Christmas party, Sen. Glenn Grothman receives this untoward response:
Some of you have been wondering what happened to my request that the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) not spend $1,400 on flowers at this year's Christmas party.
Of course, they shouldn't even have had a party at a total cost of over $10,000. In the correspondence I received from Antonio Riley, the Executive Director, they were defiant. They went ahead and spent the money. They felt that since they had given out money to various housing-related charities that they were entitled to spend $1,400 on flowers.
Quite frankly, this amazes me as I felt that they would just quietly not buy the flowers. I am sure there are many employees around the state that work hard at their jobs not getting flowers for Christmas because of it. I'm sure this matter will be discussed further at the next WHEDA Board meeting. Of course, it raises the question if there is such a lack of common sense on such a minor bill for $1,400, it is probably true that lack of common sense is also being displayed on larger matters involving hundreds of thousands of dollars.