Thursday, June 18, 2015

Who benefits: What the redistricting legal battle is costing AZ taxpayers

The ArizonaPolitics blogger has uncovered some of the costs of the Republican vendetta against the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission and the present redistricting maps.

As Arizona waits for the U.S. Supreme Court to issue its ruling on the state's Independent Redistricting Commission, the legal bills paid by Arizona taxpayers has exceeded $3.4 Million. The legal tab for the Supreme Court briefs and oral arguments alone will likely be more than $500,000.

Arizona's Politics has scoured the state's books to tally the legal fees paid by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission ("AIRC") and the State Legislature since the Republican-controlled House and Senate - and Republican-backed individuals filed dual challenges to the AIRC and the redistricting maps created by the AIRC in 2012.

Here are some other ways of looking at that cost. We have 90 legislators in AZ, 60 in the House and 30 in the Senate. On a per seat basis, the cost to the taxpayer is $37,778 per legislative seat.

But the legal wrangling comes from the 53 Republicans. So spread over 53 seats, the cost is $64,151 per seat.

ArizonaPolitics mentioned that some fees have been split equally between the two chambers. Assuming that to be the case, the cost per seat for the 17 Republican seats in the Senate is $100,000 and the cost per seat for the 36 seats in the House is $47,222.

Just goes to show you. A Republican Senator is worth 2.12 times as much as a Republican member of the House.

Math is fun.

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