MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Gov. Scott Walker has added a former Democratic lawmaker who voted against new contracts for state workers to his administration.
Former Sen. Jeff Plale of South Milwaukee will serve as Division of State Facilities administrator. He will make $90,000 a year.
Plale and then-Senate Majority Russ Decker, a Weston Democrat, shocked their party last month when they both voted against new contracts for state employees, killing the deals. The vote came after Walker said he wanted state workers to make more concessions to help close the state’s budget deficit.
Walker ‘s spokesman said Plale spent 10 years on the state Building Commission, making him a natural fit for the administrator’s job.