Nebraska economic development director denies wrongdoing

By: KLKN Newsroom

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska’s economic development director says she did nothing improper in her previous job at a Wisconsin job-creation agency that is under scrutiny for approving a questionable business loan.

Brenda Hicks-Sorensen said Wednesday that she was “completely comfortable” with her actions as a former executive at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Wisconsin auditors have said the agency didn’t review the finances of a struggling business before approving a $500,000 loan, which is now in default. The business was owned by a man who donated $10,000 to Gov. Scott Walker’s 2010 campaign.

Hicks-Sorensen says she personally opposed the loan but wasn’t able to stop it. Hicks-Sorensen was appointed in January by Governor Pete Ricketts. Ricketts says he’s confident Hicks-Sorensen behaved in the right way.