Scott Walkers overpaid Bouncer at the Capitol Building
From Politicus USA
The Wisconsin capitol police chief and his top deputy responsible for carrying out Gov. Scott Walker’s unconstitutional arrests of protesters both got double digit pay raises from the governor…
The Journal Sentinel reported:
Gov. Scott Walker’s administration rewarded the new hardline Capitol Police chief and his top deputy with double-digit pay raises earlier this year after moving the pair on paper to phantom jobs for two weeks and then back to their real posts.
Chief Dave Erwin — who has overseen a crackdown on Walker protesters at the statehouse — received an overall salary hike of 11.7%, to $111,067 a year, the same rate as his predecessor. That amounts to an $11,680 annual raise.
That hefty raise was possible only because Walker officials transferred Erwin on Feb. 5 to a ghostposition in the state Department of Administration, according to a copy of the transfer letter obtained by the Journal Sentinel. Then, on the same day, he was shuffled back to his real job as head of the Capitol Police force.
Each of the moves, backdated to earlier in the fiscal year, came with a retroactive boost in pay for Erwin. Under state rules, the chief is a civil servant, not a political appointee.
This is confirmation of what has been long suspected. The Capitol Police are being used as Gov. Walker’s private militia in his battle against free speech, the constitution, and protesters. In total more than 200 people have now been arrested at the capitol for singing.
I highly recommend reading both articles at the links above. Politicus USA provides a concise overview while The Journal Sentinel outlines Scott Walkers activities in full detail.
It should be shocking to know that a U.S. Governor can take taxes collected from his constituents and use them to bankroll his own agenda, including the purchase of his own private militia – this isn’t 1913 Germany, it’s 2013 United States of America. But somehow, it really isn’t. The combination of corporate greed and lying politicians – the love of power and money by a few has become such an accepted, integral part of our American culture that criminal activities like those of Gov. Walker just don’t phase us any more.
Perhaps that’s what the Scott Walkers of the world are counting on.