Jan Brewer's Spiteful Anti-DREAMer Policy Costs Almost $700K, So Far
Here's a free piece of advice for all you journalism majors out there: Go to law school.
As a lawyer, the hours are the same, you can read and write to your heart's content, and you get paid a pant-load to make a phone call.
No kidding. Reading through invoices that law firms submit to public entities, I get the distinct impression that I'm in the wrong business.
Take the billings from the firm Fennemore Craig to the Arizona Department of Transportation for defending Governor Jan Brewer's odious policy of denying driver's licenses to DREAMers eligible for President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
In less than a year, Fennemore Craig's attorneys have submitted invoices to ADOT and the Governor's Office totaling $686,546.04.
Check these examples: One half-hour of an attorney making two telephone calls and sending an e-mail costs taxpayers $237.50. A 7.4-hour review and assessment of some redacted subject costs $3,515. And 2.2 hours revising a redacted document costs $517.
The invoices are loaded with redactions. Even some of the names of those doing work that's being paid for by Arizona taxpayers are redacted.
According to ADOT spokesman Timothy Tait, the redactions are due to attorney-client privilege.
Still, considering that I'm helping to pay for these attorneys' vacays to France, the least they can do is tell me exactly who I'm paying and for what.
Why isn't the Arizona Attorney General's Office defending the case with staff attorneys already on the gub'mint payroll?
Tait tells me that ADOT director John Halikowski made the call to go with outside counsel, but did not say why.
Not that I blame Halikowski. This is Brewer's mess.The policy is spiteful and unnecessary, and it will end by costing the state a lot more than $700K.