Walker declared a state of emergency and closed state buildings to the public, but workers still had to show up for duty or take a vacation day to stay home.
“It’s irresponsible; it’s reckless,” Erpenbach said. “If you’re working the counter at (the Department of Transportation), selling licenses and whatever, and your building is closed to the public and your boss is telling you to come to work, you’ve got to really question that job.”
While many lawmakers stayed at hotels around the Capitol, Erpenbach said they and Walker were unaware of just how hard it was for workers to show up Wednesday.
“Gov. Walker woke up to, I guarantee you, a plowed driveway, a warm Suburban, and he’s not getting stuck in a ditch,” Erpenbach said. “A lot of state employees risked their lives. I know some (legislators) don’t know how bad it was, but it was bad.
“I would hope the next time this does happen, the governor uses better judgment.”