Wisconsin Taxpayers Footing Legal Bills, Who’s To Blame?

Thursday, April 4th, 2013 at 7:09 am

We’ve got some interesting numbers to report on how much money Wisconsin taxpayers have spent to defend Gov. Scott Walker in the last year. A new report out says that almost $850,000 of taxpayer money was spent defending lawsuits over Walker’s 2011 law that all but ended collective bargaining for most public workers, and the lawsuits aren’t over yet.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Walker’s office says taxpayers have paid the Michael Best & Friedrich law firm nearly $847,000 to defend the union rights law, which was championed by Walker to address budget problems. The firm bills the state up to $300 per hour.

Walker’s spokesman blames the legal bills on union challenges.

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca criticizes the expense. The Democrat from Kenosha told the Associated Press that it’s part of a larger pattern. He notes that Wisconsin has spent about $2 million on redistricting litigation and is expected to face lawsuits over a new mining law.

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