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Local government lobbying expenses up

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Lobbying costs by local governments rose nearly 10 percent in 2008, an apparent signal that they want more from government -- or less done to them.

Local governments spent a total of $8.55 million on lobbying activities in 2008, an increase of $732,398 or 9.4 percent over 2007, according to a report issued Wednesday by State Auditor Rebecca Otto.

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