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Right To Work Security Will Cost Michigan Taxpayers $1.46 Million

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Michigan State Police in Lansing during the Right To Work protest. (WWJ/Ron Dewey)

Michigan State Police in Lansing during the Right To Work protest. (WWJ/Ron Dewey)

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LANSING (WWJ)  – The final numbers are in — how much did it cost for Michigan State Police to protect the Capitol during “Right to Work” protests? Just under one and a half million-dollars.

Speaking live on WWJ Saturday morning, WWJ’s Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick says overtime for about 500 troopers was $901,000 with everyday expenses coming in at $464,000.

In addition, Skubick reports, there was $98,000 in miscellaneous costs; equipment, mileage for troopers that came in – all the way from Sault Ste Marie and supplies for everybody. If you add all the numbers, said Skubick, the taxpayers will pay $1.46 million to protect the Capitol.

The $1.46 million spent on security, covered a period between December 5 and 12, 2012.

Michigan state troopers, some in riot gear, worked to maintain order at the rally, as thousands of pro-and anti-right-to-work protesters clashed at the Capitol.

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