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Reports Progress at Crime Lab, Talks About Positive Return on the Legislature's Investment, Answers Questions & Voices Concern for Public Safety and Law Enforcement Resource Cuts
Madison - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen testified before the Legislature's Joint Committee on Finance today regarding the Wisconsin Department of Justice's biennial budget. The Attorney General also answered questions about the overall state budget's impact on law enforcement and public safety.
"Work on the Governor's budget has begun in earnest. I hope my appearance today was helpful to the Committee as it works to repair a flawed budget," said Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.
"My concerns about this budget center around law enforcement, public safety and crime victims," said Van Hollen.
"I was pleased to report to the Committee as well, that their confidence in me and the Department in the last budget has exceeded any expectations for efficiency and results."
Highlights of these successes included:
In his testimony and in answer to questions, Attorney General Van Hollen voiced concerns for reductions in law enforcement and public safety resources in the current state budget.
"While government spending is to increase nearly 8% in the first year of the biennium, law enforcement across the board, including the Department of Justice, is slated for cuts," said Van Hollen. "The considered conclusion of the Administration as represented in the budget is to release felons from prison and reduce supervision to save money. Public safety is the first priority of any government. I hope the legislature agrees," concluded Van Hollen.