January 11, 2011        
Sen. Larson Meets with New Commission on Waste, Fraud and Abuse
Focusing on the Accountability, Efficacy of State Programs
Madison – Sen. Chris Larson (D- Milwaukee) attended the first meeting of the Commission on Waste, Fraud and Abuse today.
Sen. Larson hopes the commission will be able to work together and make improvements to protect vital services while also decreasing overall government spending.
“I look forward to working in a bipartisan fashion with fellow legislators and members of the business community to ensure that our state’s programs are running efficiently,” said Larson. “I am also ready to continue the efforts of the 2010 Special Committee on Public Assistance Program Integrity that recently examined current laws, rules and policies to detect and prevent cases of fraud.”
Sen. Larson supports the mission of the commission to provide greater accountability of state funds to the people of Wisconsin. He also acknowledges that while the commission itself may be new, the ideas and goals it holds are not unique and are rather a continuation of good government efforts for which Wisconsin is nationally known.
“My community members have expressed a desire to learn more about our state’s programs and how the funds they are contributing are being used,” said Larson. “We all have a right to know that our government is being accountable to its citizenry and that our tax dollars are being used wisely. My hope is that through the bipartisan efforts of this commission, Wisconsin will continue our reputation for being a clean and lean state.”
Other members of the Waste, Fraud and Abuse Commission include: Sen. Frank Lasee, Reps. Mark Pocan and Samantha Kerkman, DOA Deputy Secretary Cindy Archer, and members of the business community Ara Cherchian and Craig Rakowski.
The seven-member commission will meet throughout the 2011-2012 Legislative Session to review the state budget, government programs and appropriations made by each state agency. The commission will then recommend efficiencies and tax savings to the governor.
Sen. Larson has also been appointed to serve on the Senate Committee on Education, Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Environment, Senate Committee on Insurance and Housing, and the Joint Committee on Information Policy and Technology.