It’s an official state holiday today to mark Martin Luther King’s birthday, but not all government offices are closed.
The staff will be working in the Capitol office of state Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend), who says it’s an insult to all the other taxpayers in Wisconsin that nobody in state government is in today.
The Republican from West Bend says it’s not racist to keep his office open on a holiday dedicated to the slain civil rights leader. He says the holiday is about giving state workers another day off, and not about honoring Dr. King.
Wisconsin was the first in the country back in the 1980s to make King’s birthday a state holiday.