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Walker’s budget would fund attorney raises

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s budget would lay out more than $7 million for raises for assistant prosecutors and public defenders.

The budget would provide $4.4 million for raises for assistant district attorneys. It also would provide nearly $3 million for raises for assistant attorney generals and assistant public defenders.

Walker said the raises are necessary to retain experienced staff and ensure effective prosecutions.

The public safety portion of the budget also calls for police to collect DNA from anyone arrested on suspicion of a felony and a host of misdemeanors. Walker has been signaling for months the spending plan would include that initiative.

His budget also would require GPS monitoring for high-rise offenders subject to restraining orders and eliminating the state Office of Justice Assistance.

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