If this is responsible government, I'd hate to see their reckless side:
Rubin agreed to analyze the study and discuss his findings with prosecutors at a reduced government rate of $850 an hour, which would have increased to $1,250 if he had testified. Rubin paid a doctoral student assistant and all expenses, including one trip each made to North Carolina, with some of the money, he said in an email last week.
Finalizing terms of the contract delayed its approval for two months, by which time Rubin said he had already put in 45 hours of work, totaling $38,000. Since the state couldn’t retroactively enter into a contract, it paid him from a fund for expert witnesses and approved a $22,000 personal services contract for the remaining hours of the work.
After agreeing to pay this Harvard professor such an insane amount of money for so little work, Republicans in the General Assembly have the audacity to complain about UNC System professors not teaching enough classes for their salaries? The word "hypocrisy" just doesn't seem to capture the level of irony involved in this case, but this one is even more ironic: