Protests Drive Up Capitol Security Costs In Wis.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A newspaper report says the cost to law enforcement agencies for providing security during weeks of protests at the Wisconsin Capitol is at $3.2 million and counting.

The preliminary numbers were reported Monday by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel include pay, overtime, mileage, food and hotels.

The figures don’t include figures from some city police departments and county sheriff’s departments because they haven’t tallied their bills and some invoices from larger agencies weren’t available.

More than 150 law enforcement agencies in the state have submitted bills. The state Administration Department is responsible for reimbursing other agencies for the costs.

  • James Madison


    When you establish a police state instead of a democracy, there’s a price to pay.

    Maybe the Koch brothers will bail out their lacky, Governor Walker.

    • tiredandretired

      You are right; for 8 years, the neocons repeatedly told us that freedom isn’t free. If that’s not true here at home, where is it true?

    • For Small Governmen

      I find it interesting that you used the father of Bill of Rights and the person responsible for much of the Constitution as your name. You do realize he was opposed to large government and for states rights. He also started the Republican party. How ironic.

      • tiredandretired

        Walker is giving us the epitome of big government. He singles out scapegoat groups of citizens, incites hatred toward them, blames them unfairly for government shortfalls that he caused, threatens to use the military against them, imposes his will upon the people, takes away their rights, persists in breaking laws and rules of government, seeks to take away families’ money so he can give it to his rich benefactors, stifles freedom of speech, ignores court orders and does whatever he wants, takes away resources necessary for delivering public services, takes away jobs, investigates and bullies those who disagree with him, attacks academic institutions and seeks personal control of them, ignores public sentiment and refuses to dialogue with the public, lies repeatedly, conspires to commit aggressive and oppressive actions against the people of Wisconsin, seeks to make government less transparent. This is the epitome of big government. As a former Republican, I can tell you that today’s party does not reflect the ideals of James Madison. He is probably spinning in his grave, at this point.

  • Pepper

    I am so sick of both sides what a waste of time and money.

  • Jon

    Could of saved quite bit of money if he would of left collective bargaining alone,it’s not over yet! People will probably protest til the re-call happens.

  • JJJ

    Send the bill to the unions.

  • lib

    The unions owe the bill. They were certainlly able and welcome to be there during normal business hours, instead they insisted on loitering, littering and defacating on the premises. they owe the clean up bill, but of course they expect the tax payer to once again foot the bill, just like in collective bargaining with the governtment. Shut up taxpayer and pay!!!!!

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