March 31, 2011- The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has unearthed the source of Gov. Scott Walker's (R-WI) administration's claim, made in court, that alleged damage to the State Capitol from the massive protests against the new anti-union law would cost $7.5 million to repair. It's a single sheet of notebook paper, prepared by state architect Dan Stephans on the same day the claim was made in court.
On March 3, as part of the litigation over the state's attempts to restrict public access to the Capitol, the Department of Administration's legal counsel claimed in court that repairing the damage done to the building — mainly from adhesive tape used to affix posters to the marble walls — would add up to $7.5 million. However, it was not clear how those estimates were made.
Nevertheless, Dane County Judge John Albert ruled later that evening that the daytime restrictions on Capitol access were to be lifted, while also ordering protesters to leave when the building closed at night — essentially an effort to restore the status quo of the Capitol before the bill and the protests happened.
Now, through open-records requests, the Journal Sentinel has obtained the single sheet of notebook paper that was apparently the basis for the request.