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Estimates of Capitol cleanup costs drop; 'No harm, no foul,' says 'tackled' assemblyman

MADISON -- The cleanup cost estimate for the Wisconsin state Capitol has been adjusted downward -- by a factor of more than 20.

Originally, state officials said marble in the Wisconsin Capitol had been damaged by protesters and it would cost $7.5 million to fix it. Now, a second estimate puts the figure at $350,000. Much of the cost would be restoration of landscaping around the Capitol building.

At first, the Department of Administration had suggested it could cost as much as $500,000 just to assess the amount of damage. At several times over the past few weeks there have been as many as 5,000 protesters inside the building.


'No harm, no foul,' says 'tackled' assemblyman

Video showed him being tackled to the ground. Now, state Rep. Nick Milroy says both he and the officer were acting too aggressively.

Milroy was quoted as saying, "No harm, no foul." The Democrat from South Range even had praise for the way the police handled the situation.

Milroy was trying to get into the building even as police were trying to move protesters out. When Milroy showed his legislative ID, he was still refused admittance. That's when he tried to go in any way.

A Milwaukee television station shot the incident on video, but the lawmaker said the pictures made the confrontation look more violent than it was.


Walker's approval ratings slip

Four months after he was elected Wisconsin's governor, Scott Walker's approval ratings have slipped.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey, released Friday, shows only 34% percent of respondents strongly approve of the job Walker is doing. Forty-eight percent strongly disapprove.

The governor's positive review percentage is 43, while 57% of likely Wisconsin voters view him negatively.

He only gets job approval ratings of 19% from households containing a union member. Outside of those households, Walker's approval rating is about even - 49% favorable and 51% unfavorable. Families with at least one child in the public school system strongly disapprove of his work 67% of the time.