WisDems Call on Scott Walker To Return $7,300 Raise

Nov 08, 2011

Rewards Himself While Whining About His Family’s “Purchasing Power” 

MADISON-Wisconsin Democrats on Wednesday called on Scott Walker to return his $7,300 raise, given Walker whined on air this weekend about his family’s diminished “purchasing power,” and two weeks after he instituted a second pay freeze for other state workers. 

An Open Records Request from the  Democratic Party of Wisconsin to the Office of State Employment Relations office shows that, as pay remains the same for Corrections Officers, Licensed Practical Nurses, Social Workers and Facilities Maintenance Employees, Scott Walker’s salary increases by more than $7,331.

Over the weekend, Walker lamented his six-figure salary, telling television show host Neil Heinen that his family has “about $10,000 less per year in purchasing power.”
Coupled with the $5,600 Whining Scott Walker failed to pay into his pension between taking office in January and August, when the provisions of Walker’s union-busting legislation went into effect, Wisconsin taxpayers are out nearly $13,000 from Scott Walker this year – which is almost half a year’s pay for the facilities maintenance workers and corrections officers whose pay and benefits Walker has limited.

“Scott Walker talks a good game about “shared sacrifice,” but obviously thinks he is exempt from the sharing,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Wednesday. “The only things Whining Scott Walker seems to be sharing are sob stories with “Struggling” Sean Duffy about their paltry six-figure taxpayer-funded salaries.”

“The rest of Wisconsin is being asked to accept less and suffer his unemployment economy, but apparently Scott Walker thinks he deserves a $7,300 raise,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Wednesday. “Whining Scott Walker has lied about paying back into his pension and now sees fit to complain about his family’s purchasing power, even as he is set to make $143,000. Apparently, he wants to be recalled so that he can test what his CEO skills are worth on the open market. In the meantime, he should set an example and payback taxpayers for the little value they receive from his failed leadership.”


  • On the campaign trail, Scott Walker promised to pay his own share of his pension immediately upon taking office. [Scott Walker: I ll Pay My Share, Because Everyone Should Pay Their Own Way Including Me, June 17, 2010 Press Release
  • While serving in the State Assembly, Walker never proposed a plan to ask state employees to contribute to their pensions. During his time in the Legislature, Wisconsin taxpayers paid for more than $43,000 in pension benefits for Scott Walker.
  • In 2008, then-County Executive reneged on his original campaign promise of giving back most of his salary and gave himself what amounted to a more than $50,000 raise, even as he limited pay and benefits for county employees. [“Walker would lower salary givebacks,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3/19/08, http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/29505169.html