MADISON — The
Legislature's finance committee has deleted provisions in Gov.
Scott Walker's budget that would create a solicitor general's
office within the state Justice Department.
J.B. Van Hollen wants the office to handle complicated cases and
oversee appeals. Walker's 2013-15 executive budget devotes
$960,500 in general purpose revenue to fund five positions in the
office, including the solicitor general, three attorneys and a
Fiscal Bureau analysis notes the governor has the ability to
appoint outside counsel to help DOJ attorneys and it's unclear
whether the office would save the state any money. The analysis
found the budget sets the office's attorney salaries at more than
twice the starting rate of other state attorneys.
The Joint Finance
Committee voted 16-0 to delete the provisions Thursday.