Gaming Compacts

State officials say arbitration with the Ho-Chunk tribe over gaming payments has cost the state $400-,000 in legal fees.

Originally, the governor's office had a cap of $100,000 dollars on the legal bills, but that was raised to $400,000.

Sean Dilweg is top aide to Administration Secretary Steve Bablitch ... and he says a new limit will have to be set, but he desn't know what it would be.

Still, he says the money was well worth it because it brought about a 30 million dollar payment from the tribe last month, he said.

The state is pursuing 75 million dollars more from the Ho-Chunk in continuing arbitration.