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Report finds $267 million potential state savings

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A commission created to identify waste and fraud in state government has identified $267 million in potential annual savings.

The commission's report says the savings could be achieved by keeping a sharper eye on fraud, better control on overtime for employees and private contractors and additional shared services with local governments.

The Waste, Fraud and Abuse Commission says in some cases, action by the Legislature and federal agencies would be needed before savings could be realized. The Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/iKvNa3 ) says the report identifies $177 million in annual savings through tighter controls on public assistance programs, such as FoodShare, which helps feed low-income families.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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