By Gretchen Schuldt
District attorneys are seeking a 26% budget boost – an additional $28.9 million – for the 2021-2023 biennium, according to state budget documents.
Most of that money would go to new positions and to fund 10% pay raises for qualified staff positions. The raises, with fringe benefits, would cost $3.5 million in the first year of the two-year budget and $7.4 million in the second year, according to the DA's budget request.
"By statute, District Attorneys are authorized to award eligible employees up to 10% of their current salary," the document says. "This funding level would be sufficient to authorize 10% wage increase for all eligible employees."
The request does not say how many employees would be affected or the average amount of the raises.
Several counties are seeking a total of 57.35 additional prosecutor positions at a cost of $7.6 million over two years. Those counties, and the number of positions they are requesting, are below:
Several counties are requesting additional prosecutors or conversion of grant-funded positions to state-paid posts. Granting all the requests would cost $512,000 each year.
Milwaukee County, for example is seeking to move seven prosecutors from grant funding to state funding. They include:
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