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Report calls for state to hire more auditors, tax collectors

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A new report says the state government can help solve its own budget problems by hiring more people to collect unpaid taxes.

The Institute for Wisconsin's Future says the state would get an extra $175 million over the next two years by hiring 155 new auditors and tax collection agents.

To do that, though, the Revenue Department would have to be exempt from Gov. Jim Doyle's recent order not to fill bureaucratic job vacancies unless it's absolutely necessary.

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