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How Much Did Right to Work Protests Cost State Police?


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Michigan taxpayers picked up the tab to protect the state capitol and lawmakers during the recent Right to Work demonstrations.

Around 12,000 demonstrators showed up during the Right to Work debate, outnumbering the 500 or so troopers--almost half the entire force. Some complained the show of force was overkill, but the state police disagree.

"From the department perspective it was an outstanding and overwhelming success," said Captain Greg Zarotney, MSP. "We learned from past events, namely in Wisconsin, where they didn't come in with enough force in the beginning and they ended up spending $11 million."

The cost in Michigan was about one tenth of that.

  • $901,000 Over Time
  • $464,000 Normal Pay
  • $98,000 Food, Lodging, Gas
  • Total: $1.46 Million

So did Michigan taxpayers get their monies worth?

"We had no reported injuries that required hospitalization. There was minimal damage to the building itself. The protestors, for the most part, were very peaceful," said Zarotney.

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