Forget for a minute the debate over whether laws passed in Wisconsin’s lame-duck legislative session are right, or just. One thing for sure is that the result of that legislative action is going to be costly for taxpayers. The legislature passed 141 pages of legislation designed to limit the power of the incoming Governor and Attorney General. Many of those laws are going to be challenged in the courts. Incoming Attorney General Josh Kaul predicts there will be multiple litigation filed in multiple courts.s In fact, lawsuits have already been filed challenging the legislature approved laws limiting early voting opportunities. And if history is any guide, these lawsuits won’t be settled quickly, further driving up costs to taxpayers. The legal battle is still being fought over a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin lawmaker’s efforts to use redistricting as a way to strengthen the republican’s hold on power. That suit was filed in 2012, and now, almost 2019, we are still paying for lawyers to argue the case. Whenever a ruling does come from the courts, the losing side is likely to appeal to a higher court. But the biggest hit to taxpayers comes form legislation recently passed giving the legislature the authority to hire their own private attorneys to argue on behalf of laws they pass. They’re afraid the new Attorney General won’t back their efforts in the courts. Our lawmakers may as well just write a blank check for all the lawyers they will need, and leave room for plenty of zeroes.