Fiscal Responsibility on Display in Wisconsin
Apparently in the Walker administration, one need not be qualified to get an $80k/year position.
Via the Journal Sentinel online: No degree, little experience pay off big
Just in his mid-20s, Brian Deschane has no college degree, very little management experience and two drunken-driving convictions.
Yet he has landed an $81,500-per-year job in Gov. Scott Walker’s administration overseeing environmental and regulatory matters and dozens of employees at the Department of Commerce. Even though Walker says the state is broke and public employees are overpaid, Deschane already has earned a promotion and a 26% pay raise in just two months with the state.
I suppose that this might be a great example of Governor Scott Walker’s assertion that public workers are overpaid if Walker had not appointment the gentleman in question to the position in the first place.
And, then there’s this:
His father is Jerry Deschane, executive vice president and longtime lobbyist for the Madison-basedWisconsin Builders Association, which bet big on Walker during last year’s governor’s race.
The group’s political action committee gave $29,000 to Walker and his running mate, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, last year, making it one of the top five PAC donors to the governor’s successful campaign. Even more impressive, members of the trade group funneled more than $92,000 through its conduit to Walker’s campaign over the past two years.
Total donations: $121,652.
Of course, the elder Deschane insists:
“He got the position himself,” said Jerry Deschane, who returned to the trade group in September after a hiatus during which he worked as an independent lobbyist for many groups, including the builders association. “I didn’t get it for him.”
While I will confess that I have no inside knowledge on said issue, I find the assertion a bit absurd on its face.
Ultimately the choices are that a) Walker gave a sweetheart deal to the son of a political ally, b)he hired someone who clearly (and radically) under qualified for management position, or c) all of the above.
There really is not an answer here that reflects well on Walker.
In general, I must confess that there has been little coming from Walker’s administration that make me think that he is actually concerned about good governance.