Walker Flights Cost Wisconsin Taxpayers Nearly $1 Million

Pocan finds Walker flew more miles vs. number of jobs created in first term

Madison, WI — Mark Pocan today released data provided by the Wisconsin Department of Administration that clearly shows Governor Scott Walker has been abusing state funded air travel.  A review discovered Governor Walker has flown 128,509 miles since he took office, costing Wisconsin taxpayers nearly $1 million. The review also discovered Governor Walker used the taxpayer funded aircraft for at least 34 flights under 40 miles, and 87 “empty” flights from Madison to Milwaukee without the Governor.

Governor Walker’s official flight records are available here.

This information came after Pocan launched a contest in June to see if Scott Walker had flown more miles than created jobs. The results are in – Scott Walker has flown 26,300 more miles than jobs created in his first term. Not counting miles flown campaigning for President, Governor Walker’s official travel miles totaled 128,509, while jobs created only totaled 102,195.

While the Wisconsin Department of Administration has turned over Governor Walker’s official travel records, requests made to Scott Walker’s campaign have gone unanswered.

“It is unbelievable, Scott Walker has flown the equivalent of more than 5 trips around the planet on taxpayer’s dime,” said Pocan. “After putting on more than 100,000 miles on the taxpayer funded state plane while in office, it’s pretty clear Governor Walker has thrown away his brown bag from four years ago. And unfortunately, this Governor has flown more miles than created jobs as promised, a true failure when looking at how he's abused state resources.”

While pretty much any other Wisconsinite would drive between Madison and Milwaukee, Governor Walker took 275 flights between the two cities – with nearly a 1/3 of those flights without the governor. 

“Wisconsin has not seen a governor abuse his office like this since Scott McCallum,” continued Pocan. “Scott Walker has used and abused the state plane as his personal taxi service.  He has come a long way from his frugal, 2010 brown bag campaign.  While Scott Walker keeps up his jet setting lifestyle, he is slashing BadgerCare and other aid programs for Wisconsinites who are most in need. That just isn’t the way to move Wisconsin forward.”

Travel Facts 1/3/11 – 9/5/14

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Posted on 2 Oct 2014, 9:30 - Category: In the News



Governor Walker Continues to Ignore Open Records Request on His Travel

MADISON — Rep. Mark Pocan is considering legal action if Governor Walker continues to ignore the June 6 open records request to look into Walker’s travel on the state provided plane and private travel paid for by his campaign. For 71 days, the Department of Administration has failed to fulfill the open records request.

“Every citizen of Wisconsin has a right to know how their government is spending their tax dollars and using the powers of their office,” said Mark Pocan. “Unfortunately, Governor Walker seems more willing to ignore our laws as he fights for his political life. He is putting politics ahead of the rights of Wisconsinites to hold their elected officials accountable.”

The Open Records Law states requested records must be provided “as soon as practicable and without delay.” The Wisconsin Attorney General’s office advises simple requests should be fulfilled within 10 business days. Today marks the 49th business day the request has gone unfulfilled – nearly five-times past the legally advised time period.

“If he continues to insist on ignoring the open records request, the next step would unfortunately be to seek legal action to compel the governor to act,” warned Pocan. “The length of time it has taken Governor Walker to respond could mean only two things; either his travel records are so massive he cannot pull them together quickly or there is something in those records he does not want Wisconsinites to know.”

To help Wisconsinites keep track of how many days Governor Walker has failed to comply with the law, we are launching a new counter at www.WheresScottWalker.com. Pocan raised the issue back in June as he was determining whether Governor Scott Walker has flown more miles as governor than the number of jobs he has created.

Posted on 15 Aug 2014 - Category: In the News



Pocan calls on Governor Walker to Fulfill Open Records Request on His Travel

MADISON-On June 6, Rep. Mark Pocan filed an open records request to look into Governor Walker’s travel on the state provided plane and private travel paid for by his campaign. For 55 days, the Department of Administration has failed to fulfill the open records request.

The Open Records Law states requested records must be provided “as soon as practicable and without delay.” The Wisconsin Attorney General’s office advises simple requests should be fulfilled within 10 business days. In this case, Governor Walker has waited more than four-times past the advised reasonable time period to provide the requested records.

“I hope Governor Walker will respect the law and comply with this open records request promptly,” said Mark Pocan. “The fact that Governor Walker’s office has not been forthcoming about fully disclosing his travel should raise concern for everyone in the state. What is so bad that they do not want Wisconsinites to know?”

Pocan raised the issue as he was determining whether Governor Scott Walker has flown more miles as governor than the number of jobs he has created. (www.WheresScottWalker.com)

Posted on 30 July 2014 - Category: In the News



Endorsement for State Rep. Sondy Pope

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 8, 2016

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Pocan Endorses State Rep. Sondy Pope

Madison – Rep. Mark Pocan today endorsed State Representative Sondy Pope (D-Verona) for reelection in Wisconsin’s 80th District. Pope is serving in her 7th term in the State Assembly and is the Ranking Member Chair of the Assembly Committee on Education.

"I have had the great privilege to work side by side with Sondy Pope for over a decade,” said Pocan. “Her expertise in so many areas – particularly in education – serve the residents of her district and our state well. She's a progressive fighter for the values I also believe in, and I know we would all benefit from her continued representation in the legislature."

Posted on 24 Jun 2016, 10:46 - Category: Endorsements



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