Top GOP lawmakers on Audit Committee seek details of Evers, Barnes security costs

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The top GOP lawmakers on the Legislature’s Audit Committee are seeking details of the security costs for Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes.

Among other things, Joint Audit Committee Chair Rob Cowles, R-Green Bay, and Vice-chair John Macco, R-Ledgeview, want to know how much the state spent on security for the two between July 1, 2021, and Aug. 31, 2022. They also want to know how the Wisconsin State Patrol decides what level of protection to provide.

The costs to provide security to Barnes has become an issue in his race with U.S. Sen Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, and a spokesperson...

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