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Gov. Tony Evers enters the Assembly to deliver his State of the State address at the Capitol in Madison.(Photo: Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON - Republican lawmakers are charging taxpayers nearly twice as much an hour as Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in the legal fight over Wisconsin's lame-duck laws.

Taxpayers will pay the lead attorney for lawmakers $500 an hour, according to contracts released Friday under the state's open records law. The law firm Evers has hired is charging taxpayers $275 an hour.  

The deals Evers cut are capped at $100,000, though that limit could be raised if the litigation is extensive. There are no caps on how much attorneys for the Republicans can charge.

Aides to Republican leaders did not immediately say why they structured the legal contracts as they did. 

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