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Heifetz named Walker’s budget director

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Michael Heifetz has been named as Gov. Scott Walker’s budget director.

Heifetz took over Monday for Brian Hayes who held the position since Walker took office in 2011 but left last month to serve as Hearings and Appeals division administrator.

Heifetz will oversee the budget department within the Department of Administration. Its main job is working with the governor on preparing the roughly $68 billion state budget every two years.

Heifetz worked as vice president of governmental affairs at Dean Clinic and SSM Health Care of Wisconsin for the past 11 years. Heifetz also worked five years as a policy adviser for then-Republican Majority Leader Steve Foti and previously worked five years in the state budget office as a policy analyst.

Heifetz will earn $124,977, the same as Hayes.

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