MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker's new commission to root out waste and fraud in state government has held its first meeting.
Walker, a Republican, hopes the panel can find $300 million a year in waste, fraud and abuse.
Department of Administration Deputy Secretary Cindy Archer, a commission member, told members on Monday they'll begin by reviewing the state budget. The group's first report is due in July.
Commission member Chris Larson, a Democratic state senator from Milwaukee, told the group he's worried the panel will be quick to brand entire programs as wasteful based on a few incidents. The president of AFT-Wisconsin, which represents 17,000 public employees, issued a statement saying Walker should have appointed a union representative to the commission.
Walker told the panel to take public employees' suggestions under consideration.
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