MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker's waste commission says the state can save about $266 million annually by clamping down on fraud in public assistance programs, keeping closer tabs on overtime and implementing efficiency ideas state agencies have been developing.
Walker put the commission together in January and asked it find $300 million a year in savings. The governor released the commission's first report Tuesday.
The report found the state could save about $177 million annually by doing a better job identifying fraud in state assistance programs such as FoodShare.
The state could save about $5 million a year by revisiting overtime policies, including a prisons policy that higher-paid senior employees get first dibs on overtime. A host of efficiency ideas generated by state agencies could save another $40 million.
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