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Democrats try to eliminate controversial state job


Madison (AP) -- State Assembly Democrats want to eliminate a position that Republican Gov. Scott Walker has filled with the 27-year-old son of a veteran lobbyist.

Democrats tried Tuesday to get rid of the position in the wake of news that Walker's appointee was making $81,500-a-year in the job overseeing environmental and regulatory matters and dozens of employees despite having no college degree and little management experience.

A proposal to do away with the Commerce Department position held by Brian Deschane was rejected 55-39.

Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca called the hiring nothing more than cronyism and an embarrassment to the state.

Democratic Rep. David Cullen says eliminating the job would have been a budget-saving move.

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