1/7/12 – State election officials say a recall election aimed at Governor Scott Walker would cost at least nine million dollars. The Government Accountability Board asked local election clerks to estimate the costs of a recall election, then added all the figures up. Governor Walker’s measure to take almost all collective bargaining rights from public workers created a major backlash last year. Democrats have called it a blatant attack on unions. Walker signed the measure into law last March despite protests which jammed the Wisconsin state Capitol. Backers of the recall election effort have until January 17th to collect 540 thousand signatures on petitions. Republicans say the cost estimates show this state can’t afford to keep holding recall elections.