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Tuesday - September 11, 2018 6:00 am

Gov Walker remains a frequent flier, at our expense

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Look, up in the air, its...Governor Scott Walker. Wisconsin's Governor has become a frequent flier as he tries to win a third term in office. Walker took 322 flights in a state airplane just last year. Since he dropped out of the presidential race in 2015, Walker has taken nearly 1000 trips in a state airplane, all of them at taxpayer expense. That cost now totals $934,000 and counting. The increased airtime came as Walker was trying to re-connect with Wisconsin voters after his failed presidential bid. It is not illegal for Wisconsin's Governor to travel in a state airplane. But the volume of flights should sound some alarms. Walker's nearly 950 taxpayer funded flights is much higher than that of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who tops the list of flights by Governors of our largest state. Wisconsin isn't on that list but Walker's flight total is 65% more than Cuomo's. Some of Walker's trips may have been faster by car. His taxpayer funded flights have been as short as 24 miles between Appleton and Green Bay. Walker's itinerary has seen him take as many as six flights in a single day. On more than 30 occasions, he took five plane rides in a day. It would be hard to believe all of these are official visits, in no way related to his campaign. If Walker isn't going to ground himself, Wisconsin should follow the lead of other states such as California, Florida and Texas, where Governors are required to fly commercial. They can only use state airplanes in the event of an emergency. With a pricetag of nearly $1 million to Wisconsin taxpayers, we can't afford to keep shuttling our Governor from one photo op to another.

Scott Robert Shaw

Scott Robert Shaw is the Program Director for both 1410 WIZM and 580 WKTY.   He's currently the morning news anchor on 1410 WIZM, Z93 and 95-7 The Rock.  He joined Mid-West Family Broadcasting as a reporter/anchor in 1989 and served as News Director from 1990-2015.   He's been the winner of several Wisconsin Broadcaster's Association awards for Best Editorial in Wisconsin.  He enjoys traveling, bicycling and cooking.

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