This led to a hiring spree for Walker's cronies making Madison the Crony Capitol of the World. Not only was Walker hiring all of his cronies, but he was making sure that they were lavishly rewarded. And not only were they rewarded with obscenely increased salaries, but Walker went so far as to create a cronyism program, only made possible by Act 10, which encouraged workers to become cronies or at least to be nothing more than toadies.
Walker's cronyism is still alive and well today, with stories still coming out about how Walker is finding cushy state jobs for anyone and everyone that ever supported him.
But now, in Milwaukee, we are seeing the full blown cronyism and nepotism that comes with Act 10 and the hamstringing of the unions. Lisa Kaiser, of the Shepherd Express, and one of the last true investigative reporters in the city, blows the story wide open:
State employees are speaking out about promotions and bonuses given to relatives of managers within the State Department of Health Services (DHS) Milwaukee Enrollment Services (MilES), headquartered at the Coggs Human Services Center on Vliet Street.You really should read the whole article. The blatant nepotism and cronyism and subsequent corruption is so blatant that it is jaw dropping.
A handful of managers’ relatives with less than two years of experience were promoted over colleagues with up to 14 years of experience.
Those same favored employees were among those who received a $2,500 windfall last week, when DHS awarded roughly 900 employees $2.5 million in bonuses at managers’ discretion.
Vanessa Robertson, chief operations officer of DHS at the Coggs Center, refused to answer the Shepherd’s questions about the allegations last week.
Robertson’s son, Gavin, was among those who received the $2,500 bonus. He was hired in May 2012 and was promoted in April 2013 over employees with more seniority, earning $4.65 more per hour as a result.
David Eisner, a contract administrator for District Council 48, is representing four employees who have filed six appeals with the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC) over the questionable promotions.
Eisner charged that it takes at least two years for an employee to become proficient and a one-year employee such as the COO’s son should not have been promoted in April.
“This is flat-out nepotism,” Eisner said.
While the passed-over employees can appeal the unfair promotions to the WERC, they have no way to appeal the bonuses.
“And if you’re not the boss’s buddy, you’re not going to get a bonus,” Eisner said.
I would also add that another predictable result of Act 10 and the ensuing corruption is that this program is seeing a higher rate of turnover than ever before. When this program used to be run by Milwaukee County, even under Walker, the turnover rate wasn't that high. Now, since Act 10, they seem to be in a constant state of hiring and training new employees.
With the cost of going through the screening process and the training of so many people, I find it highly unlikely that the state is actually seeing any savings from Act 10.
I would also mention that the Walker appointee to run this program, Ed Kamin, has other problems besides, and possibly partially because of, the rampant nepotism and cronyism - such as violating a number of federal laws and wrongfully denying applicants (most commonly non-English speaking) their due benefits.
Lastly, I would point out that Milwaukee County taxpayers are about to be doubly screwed. Not only will they being paying for the state's corruption, but they will also have to contend with Milwaukee County Emperor Chris Abele's version of the cronyism reward program.
All I know is that I don't want to hear anyone who supported either Walker and/or Abele to complain about their taxes going up or the decrease in services. You voted for one or both of these dunderheads, so this is what you get.