This from the Athens News :
"As part of an annual exercise in futility, the Athens County Commissioners on Tuesday considered a new contract for the county Public Defender's Office and criticized the state Legislature for not paying its fair share of the office's cost.
Every year, the Athens County Commissioners point out that the state is not living up to its requirement to pay 50 percent of the Public Defender's Office contract, and nearly every year the state cuts the percentage of how much it will pay. This year, the state is paying around 30 percent of the contract, and Athens County is paying around 70 percent."
The Public Defenders in Athens, Ohio haven't had a raise since 2001 and have yet to get approval for the extra lawyer they desperately need.