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  1. As a lawyer, citizen and member of the WisTAF board, I find this disappointing. The governor’s proposal is penny-wise and pound-foolish. Without this funding, many poor people will go without representation or choose to proceed pro se. The flood of pro se litigants into our court system has placed a heavy burden on the courts. That hurts everyone by tying up our circuit and appellate court judges with pro se litigants who have no idea what they are doing. Others will choose to forgo pro se representation and be denied their day in court.

    My hope is that the legislature can be convinced continuing to fund this program will save the state money in the long run and provide needed legal services to those who cannot afford them.

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