Enter Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch. Huebsch estimated the "damage" done by the protestors to be approximately $7 Million dollars! The right wing blogosphere and hate radio went into a frenzy.....some of the less reputable ones even added costs to that figure!
The problem of course was that they were lying(again). The actual "damage" was considerably less with a still high estimate of $200,000 (of which most of that was clean up and general fixes that would have to be done anyway).
Once the protestors left the Capitol back in the Walker administrations hands, and they were free to treat it the way they do everything they get control of - poorly.
It turns out that instead of using Wisconsin State workers to clean the State Capitol, Walker decided to privatize. Then after more information come out, we find that he did not even outsource to a Wisconsin company. As Walker is also want to do, he picked the least qualified company possible, which will end up costing the taxpayers even more money in the end.
Wisconsin state officials said Monday they may consider legal action against a cleaning company blamed for damaging marble floors in the Capitol last year.So instead of using state workers to do the job they are trained to do and have done, Walker hires and out of state private company.
Workers for Peterson Cleaning Inc. of Rockford, Ill., stained about 100 marble stones in August before the work was halted, said Paula Veltum, an official in the Department of Administration's facilities management division.
State workers began polishing the stained marble, most of it on the ground floor near the Rotunda, last week. It's expected to take up to two months to restore, at an estimated cost of more than $16,000.
The state canceled Peterson's contract in December, citing poor quality and lack of proper training for staff. Department spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis said in an email the state is reviewing the contract to dispute outstanding invoices and may consider legal action for damages.
Amateur Hour at the Capitol!!
Who would ever think its ok to hire an out of state firm to perform any services within the State Capitol? What company would stain 100 marble stones before they realized it was not working? I guess the "higher taxes" in Illinois is not causing the businesses there to miss out on any contracts when going up against WI companies. 100 definite stains on marble that will take two full months to restore only costs $16,000 to fix yet painters tape and landscaping costs somewhere between $200,000 and $7 Million? Nothing political there?
Did Peterson cleaning write a loyalty check to Robin Vos?
When will the people of WI wise up and realize that the "fiscal conservatives" in Madison are breaking us???