Walker isn't even afraid to shortchange security staff paychecks? Now that's unintimidated. WKOW:
27 News has found the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) is requiring the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WISDOT) to award retroactive overtime pay dating back to May 19, 2013 to nine Wisconsin State Patrol officers who serve as bodyguards for Gov. Scott Walker and other state dignitaries. Since the State Patrol is a division of WISDOT, the officers are paid out of that agency's budget.And as we all know, the transportation budget can’t afford another expense, without borrowing more money:
WISDOT Spokesperson Peg Schmitt said the agency was verbally notified of the decision by USDOL on Monday, August 24, but said officials have not yet determined how much it will cost state taxpayers.
It might be surprising to some that Mr. “Unintimidated” Scott Walker thinks he needs so much protection at such a high cost. But maybe they forgot this expense at the 2011 peaceful protests...:
More than 200 law enforcement agencies provided officers for security at the Capitol … in February (2011) (where) huge crowds showed up at the Capitol to protest Walker's separate budget-repair bill … The bill to pay law enforcement officials from all over the state cost taxpayers at least $7.8 million.
Unintimidated, really? If the governor were so beloved for doing what the people wanted, why so much protection?
The cost for Gov. Walker's security detail jumped from $1.6 million in 2011 to $2.4 million in 2014. The out-of-state portion of that 2014 tab was $89,454, a number which is expected to jump up exponentially in 2015 with his run for the GOP presidential nomination.
The Feds had to step in? So why did Walker wait until the federal government had to be brought in?
Rep. Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) “Instead of waiting for the federal government to step in, the state should have paid these officers the overtime pay they were owed to begin with.”