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State Redistricting Costs Higher Than Initial Reports

State Redistricting Costs Higher Than Initial Reports
Posted November 3rd, 2013 @ 7:04am

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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