As Scott Walker likes to say: “The bottom line is we are trying to balance our budget and there really is no room to negotiate on that because we’re broke.”
So in the interest of the taxpayers, we are “broke” after all, the Walker administration is holding tight and only hiring the best of the best. Knowing that we are “broke” he is also holding the line on their pay, since “everyone” has to sacrifice. Well one would think anyway. Unfortunately, yet not surprisingly, that just is not the case. As the Journal Sentinel points out:
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.
WAIT! There has to be some confusion, he must be infinitely qualified or else how could he land this job and this raise? Dan Bice shone some light on that also.
His father is Jerry Deschane, executive vice president and longtime lobbyist for the Madison-based Wisconsin Builders Association, which bet big on Walker during last year’s governor’s race.
Deschane’s father said that during the gubernatorial contest he might have reminded Keith Gilkes, Walker’s campaign manager and now chief of staff, that his son “was out there and available.”
“I put in good words for every one of my children in their jobs,” said the elder Deschane. “But that would be the extent of it.”
State Rep. Brett Hulsey called Deschane’s appointment another case of the new administration using state jobs to repay various industries.
Hulsey said he was unimpressed with the younger Deschane’s résumé, including his lack of environmental or management experience.
“It doesn’t look like he’s ever had a real job,” the Madison Democrat said.
Hulsey noted that the recently approved law that made collective bargaining changes converts 37 top agency attorneys, communications officials and legislative liaisons from civil service positions to jobs appointed by the governor.
“This is an example of the quality of candidates you’re going to get,” said Hulsey, owner of the consulting firm Better Environmental Services.
Well I am sure that Brian Deschane wants to defend himself since he is making $81,500/ yr with benefits of TAXPAYER money.
The younger Deschane didn’t respond to questions about his job.
This is a tough economy, if anyone needs help landing a job, maybe they should contact Jerry Deschane for a reference or some job hunting tips. He is obviously good at what he does.