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Industry exec to chair Walker’s government waste commission

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A special commission created by Gov. Scott Walker to find $300 million a year in government waste is scheduled to meet for the first time on Tuesday.

Walker wants the group to make its first recommendations by July 1.

The group includes two members of the public, four state lawmakers and Walker’s Department of Administration Deputy Secretary Cindy Archer.

The board is chaired by Craig Rakowski, chief executive officer and president of James Craig Builders. Ara Cherchian, part owner of Northern Wire in Merrill, is the other public member.

Lawmakers on the panel are Sen. Chris Larson of Milwaukee and Rep. Mark Pocan of Madison, both Democrats and Sen. Frank Lasee of De Pere and Rep. Samantha Kerkman of Powers Lake, both Republicans.

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