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Wisconsin economic agency's board names new chairman

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Oshkosh, WI (AP) -

The troubled Wisconsin Economic Development Agency's board has picked a new leader to replace Gov. Scott Walker.

The board unanimously elected board member Dan Ariens, president and CEO of Ariens Company, as the new board chairman during a meeting Monday at Fox Valley Technical College in Oshkosh.

The state budget Walker introduced in February removed all elected officials from the board, including the governor from the chairmanship. The Legislature's budget committee revised the spending plan so it removed only the governor from the board. Walker signed the budget earlier this month.

Walker created WEDC in 2011 as his flagship jobs creation agency. The agency has been plagued by mismanagement and questions about handing out loans without properly vetting recipients.

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