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MSP security for right-to-work protests nearing $1 million

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LANSING (WJRT) -

(01/28/13) - Michigan State Police say nearly $1 million, in overtime costs and other expenses, was spent during right to work protests in Lansing in last month.

The eight day stretch ended with new laws banning workplace rules making union membership a condition of employment.

Crowds topped out at tremendous numbers. The highest estimate during the busiest day, Dec. 11?  Somewhere near 10,000 people, included on both sides of the right to work issue.

Lawmakers passed legislation fast during the Lame Duck session amid plenty of protest.  Gov. Rick Snyder then quickly signed it.

In the middle of the masses, on the outskirts and undercover all around - state police.

Spokeswoman Shanon Banner wouldn't say how many hours were worked or how many troopers were used, for tactical reasons. But how much it all cost is now in.

Preliminary numbers show more than $800,000 was spent in overtime alone. Another nearly $100,000 was spent for travel, supplies and equipment for a grand total of more than $900,000 spent.

State Police say the total is much less than the estimated $8-10 million Wisconsin spent in security during months of protests over budget and collective bargaining measures in 2011.

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