Mon September 16, 2013
Suder Will Get $45,000 Raise At New Job With Public Service Commission
Former Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder expects to get a $45,000 pay raise when he begins his new job at the Public Service Commission (PSC).
The raise comes despite ongoing criticism about one of Suder's last legislative doings.
Suder, a 15-year Republican lawmaker from central Wisconsin, helped get a half-million dollar grant into the state budget for education about hunting and fishing. The money temporarily went to the United Sportsman of Wisconsin Foundation, which is closely linked to Suder and Gov. Scott Walker.
Walker has since rescinded the grant, but the PSC has disclosed it is going through with plans to hire Suder and pay him $94,000 a year – nearly double his legislative salary. PSC spokesman Nathan Conrad says the Suder will fill a vacancy to be the administrator for the Division of Water, Compliance and Consumer Affairs.
“He'll be overseeing the office that deals with water regulation, water rate cases – any compliance issues that have to do with the regulatory community, as well as overseeing any customer inquiries or complaints that come in to the commission regarding any utility issues,” says Conrad.
Conrad says Suder will be very busy. Conrad declines comment on the United Sportsman controversy that led to Walker defending Suder's appointment late last week.
Scott Ross of the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now acknowledges that both Republican and Democratic governors have appointed their allies to high-paying jobs in state government: “The question here is, Does Scott Suder have the ethics to serve the people of Wisconsin given his central role in what was essentially bid-rigging.”
Suder doesn't officially start his job at the PSC until October 7. It’s not immediately clear what experience Suder has with water or utility regulations.