BOISE, Idaho (Legal Newsline) -- Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says state budget cuts are hurting his office.

Wasden told a joint legislative budget committee on Wednesday that the cuts, plus staff furloughs, have made it more difficult to do their work.

According to The Associated Press, Wasden went as far as saying that his ability to protect the state, from a legal standpoint, has been compromised because of the cuts.

The attorney general visited the budget committee this week in the hopes of preventing any further cuts. Wasden told the committee, according to the AP, that he's lost more than 26 staff positions in the past three years. To meet the current budget, he said his staff will be forced to take another 12 furlough days next year.

The state is facing deeper cuts -- as much as 5 percent, the AP reported.

The committee plans to set the attorney general's budget next week.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by e-mail at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

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