Total cost of Madison protests: $8 million

posted at 2:25 pm on May 17, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

In one week, the Wisconsin Department of Administration reported, the state capitol building took as much damage from its occupation by union protestors as it would otherwise have experienced in 3-5 years. That’s only one small part of the overall bill for the Battle of MadTown to Wisconsin taxpayers, as the MacIver Institute highlights in a video this week. The total bill runs over $8 million, thanks to the necessity of sending police from all over the state to keep unions from shutting down the legislature (via The Right Scoop):

The report on the damage, which will cost around $270,000 to repair, can be found here. Democrats are scoffing at the “3-5 years of damage” claim, with one saying in disbelief, “It’s marble.” Well, yes, and marble doesn’t damage easily — and it’s very costly to repair as well:

The repair of these chips is a very difficult  and time consuming effort.   Repairs at comers of the stone are difficult due to adhesion of the patching material to a small area. It may be necessary to drill into the stone to set a small pin or other mechanical attachment device to provide a physical as well as adhesive bond. This has been done on previous similar stone repairs in the Capitol.

Also difffcult  is the matching and blending of the epoxy patch material. It will take a highly skilled and artistic mason to accomplish a proper match to the stone due to the wide variation in surface color and variegation in any one area.  A custom mix is required for each area of repair or patch.

Speaking of cost, last week the editors of the Journal-Sentinel scolded JoAnne Kloppenburg for wasting more time and money in preparing a court challenge to the election after the recount:

Kloppenburg had every right to request the recount, but given the cost and the political fallout, it would have been better had she graciously accepted the loss. And — although again she has every right to do so — it would be better if she didn’t challenge the outcome in court, which it appears she will do. In fact, it appears the recount was mere preamble to the court challenge. This is no way to run an election.

The race will be on to see who costs Wisconsin taxpayers more — the unions or Kloppenburg with her futile and self-serving legal challenges to a race that has a gap of 7,000 votes.  But considering the benefits of passing the Walker PEU reforms, taxpayers are much more likely to look at the $8 million price tag for the former as a bargain.


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This is what democracy look like!!!!!

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Should be paid by the teacher’s pension fund.

BKeyser on May 17, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Take it out of their pay.

UltimateBob on May 17, 2011 at 2:31 PM

It’s a good thing Wisconsin is flush with surplus funds….

Sir Napsalot on May 17, 2011 at 2:31 PM

How much did it cost to pay the substitutes who replaced the malingering teachers?

trubble on May 17, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Kloppenburg had every right to request the recount, but given the cost and the political fallout, it would have been better had she graciously accepted the loss. And — although again she has every right to do so — it would be better if she didn’t challenge the outcome in court, which it appears she will do. In fact, it appears the recount was mere preamble to the court challenge. This is no way to run an election.

ESPECIALLY since she herself was willing to accept unquestioningly her win when it was a mere 200 votes.

Queen0fCups on May 17, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Send the tab to Obama and the SEIU.

JammieWearingFool on May 17, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Whining liberals, but I repeat myself…that is all they do whine when they don’t get their way.
They have no respect for the rule of law, no respect for anything that they don’t own, wretched little creatures they are…

right2bright on May 17, 2011 at 2:35 PM

What was the value of Grow Fins getting banned by this protest?!?..:)

Dire Straits on May 17, 2011 at 2:35 PM

” The total bill runs over $8 million…”

No problemo…

… just start handing out the pink slips to the unions until the savings equal the cost of the repairs.

It’s about time these goons realized that their Marxist/Socialist temper tantrums have actual consequences…

Seven Percent Solution on May 17, 2011 at 2:35 PM

count it!

ladyingray on May 17, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Teachers, and unions should be recieving cost of repair bills in the mail. Why should tax payers pay for what THEY did?

capejasmine on May 17, 2011 at 2:40 PM

I wonder how many young faces in that crowd realize that THEY have to pay for it somehow?

So sad, the students being brainwashed to think socialist utopia in their reach.

Sir Napsalot on May 17, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Seven Percent Solution on May 17, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Give them the benefit of the doubt with a 4 year payback… $2 million of union worker cuts… ;)

phreshone on May 17, 2011 at 2:42 PM

trubble on May 17, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Did they get substitutes? I think they closed the schools and the students are having to make up the time.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2011 at 2:44 PM

If it’s just aesthetic damage, leave it the way it is as a reminder of how union goons and their elected bought and paid for officials act when they don’t get their way.

Left Coast Right Mind on May 17, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Just make sure the repairs are performed by non-unionized labor.

WashJeff on May 17, 2011 at 2:49 PM

What a shame. It is such a beautiful capital. Any organization that bused in people needs to pony up for their share of the damage. That includes the wannabe neo-hippie college students from the UW systems.

Fallon on May 17, 2011 at 2:49 PM

phreshone on May 17, 2011 at 2:42 PM

I like it…

… keep the issue alive and painful for the union goons.

Seven Percent Solution on May 17, 2011 at 2:50 PM

liberals believe in the rule of law…unless it doesn’t benefit them. Then, not so much.

search4truth on May 17, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Marble is porous and stains. The floors were probably sealed somehow, but not likely the walls/pillars. Hippie bodily excretions, markers, glue from tape etc could have been a real problem on those surfaces.

forest on May 17, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Democrats once again putting their ideology and agenda in front of the needs of the people.
………democrats want it their way or it’s going to cost the tax payer millions of dollars.

………….to he!! with the message the people sent from the voting booths…..
……….the democrats will vandalize,threaten,assault,and obstruct the democratic process any way they can in pursuit of political power……….

…………how progressive!!!!!

Baxter Greene on May 17, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Is that $8 million estimate for union or non-union workers?

malclave on May 17, 2011 at 2:56 PM

And then there is the pass the Left gets on threats.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/121721234.html

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Correction, all were not from the Left.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2011 at 3:06 PM

If WE caused those damages wouldn’t WE get the bill for those? Why, yes we would, so send the Teachers Union the bill for the $8 million PLUS, and tell them to pay up, OR ELSE! ;o)

DannoJyd on May 17, 2011 at 3:13 PM

This is not (unexpected).They trash every place that is the scene of one of their rally’s or protest.Look at the cover of the Woodstock album.They left the place a total garbage dump but they had peace and love which is the mantra,right?

docflash on May 17, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Tags: fleebagger, scott walker, Wisconsin

heh..!

ted c on May 17, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Yeap – and I love how Conservatives will simply pony up that money from their wallets to pay for damage caused by the Marxist Left …

While at the same time crying their little eyes out over the three or four water balloons thrown in Louisiana at a leftist idiot.

Folks in Louisiana taught the left a lesson – at a cost of $0.00 to taxpayers.

Folks in Wisconsin taught the left NOTHING – at a cost of $8M of their greenbacks.

Just sayin’.

HondaV65 on May 17, 2011 at 3:31 PM

2nd that ultimatebob

cmsinaz on May 17, 2011 at 3:38 PM

The state should sue the unions to pay for the damages.

rmgraha on May 17, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Kloppenburg is how bitter lefties look like, inside and out.

Schadenfreude on May 17, 2011 at 4:12 PM

They should cut $8 Million worth of teacher’s immediately to pay for the damage.

originalpechanga on May 17, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Should be paid by the teacher’s pension fund.

BKeyser on May 17, 2011 at 2:28 PM

You’re assuming their pensions are in good shape. And I’m against raiding existing savings/investments. Sets a bad precedent.

They should cut $8 Million worth of teacher’s immediately to pay for the damage.

originalpechanga on May 17, 2011 at 4:14 PM

To harsh. Some cuts, garnish their wages, and get concessions on all benefits. Renegotiate the contract.

We need to renegotiate the entire “social contract.”

Keith_Indy on May 17, 2011 at 4:26 PM

They need to run through the video, identify groups and individuals… and send them an itemized bill for their share.

Murf76 on May 17, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Just make sure the repairs are performed by non-unionized labor.

WashJeff on May 17, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Working with marble or granite is very difficult. I’ve watched granite repair using the method above

Also difficult is the matching and blending of the epoxy patch material.It will take a highly skilled and artistic mason to accomplish a proper match to the stone due to the wide variation in surface color and variegation in any one area. A custom mix is required for each area of repair or patch.

These people don’t come cheap, and most union members do not develop the artistic talent that they would need to repair the marble. The problem is since this is a public building, the unions will insist on a PLA, thereby increasing the cost.

It must be nice to be able to break something and then be the only game in town to fix the what was broken.

PrettyD_Vicious on May 17, 2011 at 4:44 PM

If you come to the Louisiana State Capital, you can still see the bullet holes from the assassination of Long in the marble. Making holes in marble and patching them is difficult and costly.

barnone on May 17, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Anyone watching that video notice how young the majority of those “union workers” looked? Like they were still in college or something?

Maybe it had to do with the fact that THEY WERE COLLEGE STUDENTS!!!!

So why isn’t the state telling the local that since they decided to let their students get involved in something that didn’t concern them to begin with, but who got involved with it anyway because it was EXCITING, the school can pay the bill for the mess their students created.

And if the school makes any noise about it, just tell them…………

THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!!!!

pilamaye on May 17, 2011 at 5:19 PM

count it!

ladyingray on May 17, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Leave crr6 alone! She has almost “found” the necessary… ERRR… “missing” 8,000 votes for Kloppy!!

Khun Joe on May 17, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Any organization that bused in people needs to pony up for their share of the damage. That includes the wannabe neo-hippie college students from the UW systems.

Fallon on May 17, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Yep! This really ticks me off that we are going to have to pay for their fun-time party that they had.
While we’re at it, let’s send a bill to those lousy run-away-and-hide demoncrats for helping to drag this thing out even longer than necessary. Anytime I see a car with one of those stupid “Recall Walker” stickers on them, I want to ask the idiot who owns the car why don’t they have the same contempt for those elected senators who ran away like cowards from their responsibilities to the people of Wisconsin.
Of course, then I remember, liberals don’t believe in responsibility or honor.

Sterling Holobyte on May 17, 2011 at 11:03 PM

Marble is an extremely soft and brittle stone. Ask anyone who’s dropped a cast iron skillet on marble tiles how well that works. These people are idiots and should be billed directly for all of the costs incurred as a result of their tantrums.

Big John on May 18, 2011 at 7:35 AM