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Public Employee Protests Costly


Madison, Wis.(WHBL-Learfield) - Wisconsinites are just starting to learn how much they’ll pay for the added police presence at the Capitol during the massive protests last month. The early bill is three-point-two million dollars. And the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says that doesn’t include extra costs from the State Patrol, and some of the state’s largest city-and-county police forces. The state is picking up the tab for the local law enforcement officers who came to Madison to help keep the demonstrators in check, as the limits on public union bargaining were being passed. Over 150 agencies have submitted bills so far – including the Capitol Police, the D-N-R, the Justice Department, and various city, county, and university police departments. But in many cases, the Journal Sentinel said the costs did not include the security provided when the Senate and Assembly voted on the bill almost three weeks ago. The Capitol was closed the morning of the Assembly vote, because demonstrators who rushed into the building the night before wouldn’t leave. Officers had to drag out those camped near the entrance to the Assembly chamber.