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Security costs for WI total $5.7 million

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin State Patrol spent $5.7 million to protect Republican Gov. Scott Walker, First Lady Tonette Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch from 2011 through 2013.

Records released Friday by the governor's office, show the Dignitary Protection Unit spent $1.6 million on security for the three in 2011, $1.9 million in 2012 and $2.2 million last year. 

Costs to protect former Democratic Governor Jim Doyle in 2009 were $570,876 and $657,457 in 2010.  The protection didn't cover previous Lt. Governors. 

Walker's first two years in office were marked by bitter protests against his plan to strip most public workers of nearly all their union rights.




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