Gov. Scott Walker’s administration is nearly doubling the pay of the former lawmaker who engineered a $500,000 grant to his and Walker’s political friends that could have cost the state $28 million in federal aid.
The Public Service Commission finalized the hiring Friday of former Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford) at a salary of $94,000 a year — an 88% boost to the $49,943 he made as a legislator. The commission did not disclose its actions until Monday, despite repeated questioning last week about when and whether Suder would be hired.
Suder is to start his new job Oct. 7 as division administrator for water, compliance and consumer affairs, according to commission spokesman Nathan Conrad.
Apparently the moral of this story is that no “good” deed – in this case gift-wrapping a $500,000 taxpayer-funded grant to a conservative group – will go unrewarded in the administration of Gov. Scott Walker.