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Union applauds Walker’s waste-cutting idea

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The head of a state employee union is asking Gov. Scott Walker to name a union member to his newly created commission designed to root out government waste, fraud and abuse.

The 17,000-member union AFT-Wisconsin sent Walker a letter on Wednesday praising his creation of a seven-member commission designed to find $300 million a year in savings.

Union President Bryan Kennedy asked in the letter that Walker expand the size of the commission to include Greg Georg, the president of the Wisconsin Professional Employees Council. Kennedy said Georg has been working to identify government waste in information technology projects for years and would provide important state employee input.

Walker has butted heads with unions early in his term, saying they must make concessions to help balance the state budget.

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