Walker grabs for more patronage jobs

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It's gotten no attention because of the bigger issues involved, but Gov. Scott Walker's so-called budget repair bill, among  other things, would take 35 civil service positions and turn them into political appointees.

It's widespread, including positions in 15 different state agencies where career public servants would be replaced by Walker's hand-picked loyalists.

The patronage expansion fits nicely with Walker's power grabs to concentrate all decision-making in the governor's office.

But it does not serve the citizens well, unless Walker can come up with some plausible explanation for taking 35 jobs away from civil service employees and giving them to Scott Walker toadies.

Details are here, on page 23 of an analysis from Legislative Fiscal Bureau.