I'm guessing there was a lot of blue, since that's a pretty dark tree. But pretty.
Remember the millions of dollars of damage all those stinky, uniony protesters supposedly did to the Wisconsin Capitol building?
The Walker administration quickly acknowledged the $7.5 million cleanup cost was overstated, and had little more than some figures written on a sheet of notebook paper to back the estimate.
Hey, me too! But, oops, there's been another revision. The Sheboygan Press is reporting that... well, I'll let them tell you:
MADISON — Cleaning and restoring the state Capitol after last year's massive protests will cost about $200,000, according to the state Department of Administration, a total that's millions of dollars less than a state official's initial estimate of $7.5 million.
So, let's see... 7.5 million minus 200K, times GOP fail, plus anti-union bias, divided by idiocy, carry the talking points... Walker was only off by about $7,300,000.
Anybody could have made a tiny error like that. Scotty's made a bunch of 'em.
So the actual costs from those “slobs” practicing their First Amendment rights were even less than the first correction indicated. And a whole lot less than the RWNJ falsely claimed.
Now a Wisconsin source, via email, shares an update and says there will be more soon at WisPolitics.com. At the moment, I have nothing specific to link to, and I don't subscribe to WP:
Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch today estimated the protests at the Capitol in February left about $270,000 in damage, a fraction of the $7.5 million he originally floated.
But with the costs for law enforcement to guard the building and grounds around the clock factored in, the total costs are $8.1 million.
Huebsch said at a news conference he was working with lawmakers for an appropriation to cover the costs.
So the actual damage from those, you know, "slobs," was even less than originally reported. And a whole lot less than the RWNJ falsely claimed.
Remember the "Tale of the Dueling Wisconsin Capitol “Damage” Costs"?
Now TPM has one more headline to add to that: Walker Admin.'s Claim Of Multi-Million Dollar Capitol Damage Calculated On...Single Sheet Of Notebook Paper
Oh my. And that notebook paper is right up there for you to see, at the top of this post.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has unearthed the source of Gov. Scott Walker's (R-WI) administration's claim, made in court, that alleged damage to the State Capitol from the massive protests against the new anti-union law would cost $7.5 million to repair. It's a single sheet of notebook paper, prepared by state architect Dan Stephans on the same day the claim was made in court. [...]
Now, through open-records requests, the Journal Sentinel has obtained the single sheet of notebook paper that was apparently the basis for the request.
Scotty the WonderWank better be looking over his shoulder, and when he does, he may notice Mr. Recall is only a few steps behind him now.
Think Progress has the details, but check out this video of Ohio’s Gov. John Kasich, the passionate crowd that nearly burst the seams of the capitol, and the worker who broke down in tears over Kasich’s obvious disdain for public workers:
Youngstown Vindicator reporter Mark Kovac noted that this was “the first time I’ve ever heard heckling” during the State of the State address. [...]
While Kasich’s seemingly off-the-cuff speech was light on the details, Kasich previewed a budget proposal that would balance the budget on the backs of the less fortunate. While he reiterated his no-taxes pledge, Kasich “will look to save money” by, among other things, “administering the Medicaid insurance program differently.” ... Kasich also foreshadowed cuts to Ohio’s school systems.
The emails received under an open records request by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel showed ideas and counter-offers made by the Republican governor’s aides and two Democrats as they seek some resolution that would allow Democrats to come back to the state.
* The bill would no longer seek to limit public employee union bargaining over wages to the rate of inflation.
* The bill would allow union bargaining over certain economic issues, including mandatory overtime, performance bonuses, hazardous duty pay, and classroom size. [snip]
* The bill would allow bargaining over workplace safety.
That was as of Sunday night. As I said, those are just a few of the offers; the whole list is available here.
Meanwhile, three Republicans show signs of wanting to compromise, recognizing that the budget (about which Democrats have already capitulated) is a separate issue from the right to bargain (about which they've held strong).
There has been a lot of reporting and speculation today about whether or not the Wisconsin 14 have cut a deal of some kind with Scott Walker, or that a few Dems broke off from their group and were going back home.
Bob Jauch is calling those rumors outrageous lies.
Dem Sen. Bob Jauch fired back at the guv this afternoon, accusing him of distorting the truth in "some vain attempt to suggest he’s being serious" about reaching a deal. [...]
"Never, never has there been a suggestion that Tim Cullen and I would somehow abandon the other 12 for the sake of cutting a deal," Jauch said. "That's just an outrageous lie."
Please read the entire post here.
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