Wis. lawmakers: Capitol restrictions hurting jobs
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Department of Administration Secretary Mike
Huebsch has told a judge that the state of Wisconsin has spent more
than $2.1 million so far just on wages and overtime for police to
handle the protest at the Capitol.
Huebsch is testifying Wednesday at a court hearing on whether
state officials overstepped their bounds when they decided to
severely limit access to the state Capitol on Monday. Reps. Kelda
Roys and Cory Mason, both Democrats, said earlier that they can’t
do their jobs because restrictions on protesters have dramatically
curtailed movement in the building.
Huebsch says he’s signed more than 35 agreements with police
agencies around the state to help cover the protests. He doesn’t
know the total number of officers used, but it’s ranged from 160 to
400 at peak times.
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