Final Tally: Wis. Redistricting Battle Cost $2.1M

Posted at: 11/03/2013 9:03 AM | Updated at: 11/03/2013 9:04 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Newly released bills show that Wisconsin's legal battle over redrawing voting boundaries to favor Republicans has cost taxpayers $2.1 million. That's $200,000 more than previously reported.

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report says the state paid a legal firm $1 million to help defend the maps in court. Other expenses included $443,000 to plaintiffs who successfully challenged changes to a Milwaukee Latino district, and $431,000 to a different law firm for its work drawing the maps.

Peter Earle is one of the attorneys who sued the state over the maps. He says the $2.1 million figure is "absolutely ridiculous."

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos blames the cost on the groups who sued over the maps. He also says every round of redistricting brings sizable costs.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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