Wis. spends nearly $850K to defend union limitsApril 3, 2013 @ 6:30 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Wisconsin taxpayers have spent close to $850,000 defending lawsuits over Republican Gov. Scott 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 ( http://bit.ly/10siZD2) 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 says 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.
Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Meet the Mariners' new second baseman, Robinson Cano
The legal marijuana industry might make a lot of cash, but there's nowhere to deposit
The Holiday Map
Find Santa photos, tree farms, lights & seasonal events with our holiday map
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.