Wisconsin Budget-Attorney Pay

Republican state Rep. Mark Born, who co-chairs the Wisconsin Legislature's powerful budget-writing committee, introduces a plan to raise wages for public defenders and assistant district attorneys, Tuesday, May 16, 2023, in Madison, Wis. The plan, which is intended to address case backlogs and understaffing, was passed unanimously by the finance committee. (AP Photo/Harm Venhuizen)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Starting pay for Wisconsin public defenders and assistant district attorneys would increase to $36 an hour, or about $75,000 a year, under a Republican-authored plan passed unanimously Tuesday by the Legislature's powerful budget-writing committee.

The Public Defenders Office and district attorneys have struggled to hire and retain the number of attorneys they need to keep up with caseloads, in part because wages for those positions fall far below what an attorney could make in the private sector.

Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

Forecast Update

Thunderstorms Possible Again Today

June 2, 2023 @ 5:28 am

Today's 8 To 8 Forecast

Plan my day

Sunny. Highs in the low 90s and lows in the low 60s.
Clear to partly cloudy. Low 63F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunshine. Highs in the upper 80s and lows in the upper 50s.