MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The cost of protecting Wisconsin's governor, lieutenant governor and family members has more than doubled since they took office about a year ago.
A State Patrol official says the rising cost is due to increased threats against Republican Gov. Scott Walker. The governor's office says another factor is Walker's younger family and his two homes.
Documents released to the Journal Sentinel under the state's open records law show the cost of protecting Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and family members totaled about $611,000 from November 2010 to August 2011. That's more than twice as much as the $259,000 it costs to protect Gov. Jim Doyle from November 2009 to August 2010.
Walker's legislation repealing most collective bargaining for public employees sparked highly-charged emotions on both sides of the issue.