Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker – who is famously at a political war with his state’s public employees over the latter’s paychecks – received a firestorm of criticism over staffer Brian Deschane.
Brian Deschane used to take home an annual salary of $81,500 from the state of Wisconsin. Contrastingly, the state’s teachers took home on average $46,390.
Of course, talented individuals on government payroll do deserve high salaries. US Senators, for example, make $174,000 per year. However, critics are questioning the credentials and ability of Deschane.
The 27-year-old was Walker’s head of an environmental and regularly division in the Commerce Department. However, according to his resume, he has little experience in environmental matters.
Moreover, Deschane never graduated college and has two drunken-driving convictions, according to Daniel Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who first broke the story. Meanwhile, the teachers who averaged $46,390 in salary all have at least a college degree.
So why was Deschane appointed to such a high paying job?
According to Bice, the major reason is that his father Jerry Deschane’s political action committee and its members donated a total of $121,652 to Walker’s election campaign.
As criticisms mounted over Walker’s seemingly hypocritical stance on teachers and Deschene, the governor has demoted Deschane to a previous position he held in the Department of Regulation and Licensing. This job pays $65,000 per year (which is still higher than the average salary of higher-educated Wisconsin public school teachers).