Walker’s budget bill legal fees could hit $850,000

Gov. Scott Walker’s decision to drop “the bomb” in February 2011 is continuing to prove lucrative for one party: The private law firm hired by the governor to deal with the fallout.That arrangement is now worth up to $850,000 in taxpayer dollars for Michael Best & Friedrich, hired by Walker to provide legal services regarding the budget repair bill that stripped the ability of most public workers to engage in collective bargaining.

The contract, which calls for the law firm to be compensated at a rate “not to exceed $300 per hour,” was amended for the third time, effective March 21, 2012, according to records on file with the Secretary of State. The amendment raised the maximum payment from the $500,000 level set a year ago, and extended the contract for another full year, through June 30, 2013.

Via WisconsinWatch.org.