Wisc. Protesters Cost Taxpayers $7.5 Million for Capitol Clean Up

Katie Pavlich

3/4/2011 10:40:00 AM - Katie Pavlich
A local news station in Wisconsin is reporting it could cost as much as $7.5 million to clean up and repair damage done by union protesters over the past weeks, saying posters glued and taped to marble caused most of the damage.

During testimony Thursday, a representative from the Attorney General's office said a contractor estimated it would cost $500,000 to remove all of the posters and garbage. He says it would cost $6 million to restore the marble inside of the Capitol building and another $1 million to touch up the marble outside of the building.

Imagine how many teacher positions, textbooks and new computers the state could buy with $7.5 million. I think it is fair to say these protesters have been completely counterproductive in their efforts by costing the state even more money in avoidable costs.

FLASHBACK: Remember when attendants at President Obama's Inauguration Ceremony trashed the National Mall? But 9.12 tea party protesters along with attendants at Glenn Beck's 8.28 Restoring Honor event left the National Mall squeaky clean?