Idaho taxpayers have paid private attorneys more than $18 million in the past three years to do the state’s legal work, in large part because the Idaho attorney general’s office doesn’t have the staff to handle the caseload. The Associated Press obtained the payment information through a public-records request to the Idaho state controller’s office. It shows that Idaho government agencies have paid private law firms more than $18 million since fiscal year 2011, including about $3 million for attorneys who serve as administrative hearing officers. The private law firms charge the state anywhere from $125 to more than $400 an hour, compared to the $54 per hour it costs to have one of the state’s staff attorneys do the job/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Penny wise, pound foolish?