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Governor Walker defends high security costs

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker is defending the high cost of security for himself, the First Lady and the Lieutenant Governor.

Records from the governor's office show the state patrol spent $1.6 million in 2011, nearly $2 million in 2012, and more than $2 million in 2013.

That's more than three times the spending on Governor Jim Doyle in his last two years in office.

Former Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton didn't receive any state protection.

Monday, Walker said the security detail was not something he asked for.

"I understand that my role is not just for me personally. I'm acting on behalf of the people of the state of Wisconsin, and if there's a legitimate security concern, it doesn't just affect me or my family, it could negatively affect the people of the state of Wisconsin and the perception of the state," he said.

Security was increased after the governor and others received death threats during the collective bargaining protests a few years ago.

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