Cost of Capitol security rises slightly
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state Department of Administration says the cost to provide security at the Capitol during weeks of protests over Gov. Scott Walker's budget and collective bargaining
changes now top $8 million.
Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch (HIBSH), in a letter to the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee, asks for nearly $8.1 million to pay dozens of law enforcement agencies, four state
agencies and three University of Wisconsin campuses for their help in providing security during the large-scale protests last winter and spring. That's slightly higher than the $7.8 million estimated
cost in May.
Huebsch says his agency has completed audits of 173 claims submitted by law enforcement agencies and has requested additional information for another 23 claims. The Journal Sentinel says the Madison Police Department alone billed the state for nearly $683,000 in security costs.