The bill from the private law firm handling Idaho's side in a lawsuit filed by former Idaho Transportation Director Pam Lowe, is a high price for tax payers.
Lowe filed a wrongful termination case, contending she was fired after refusing to bow to political pressure from the governor’s office not to reduce a highway contract with political contributors. The Idaho attorney general’s office said it doesn't have the resources to handle the case, so hired the private firm. The problem; the private firm charges up to $250 per hour, a lot more than the $55 an hour it costs to use state attorneys.
The Idaho Statesman has the story. And a lot of comments. Up to 71 of them last I checked.