That's according to the Tim Baxter, the Crawford County District Attorney and President of the Wisconsin District Attorneys Association. He claims a recent audit found the state is already short 132 prosecutors. Additionally, the recently introduced federal budget proposal wants to get rid of more.
Some state prosecutor positions which are federally funded, may be on the chopping block. These endangered slots span all across the state. State Senator Jim Sullivan (D-Wauwatosa) says these District Attorney positions primarily handle cases of domestic violence, drug enforcement and gun cases. He accuses the federal government of "passing the buck", noting that without the federal money, state and local municipalities will have to shoulder the financial burden. Sullivan is the author of the District Attorney Emergency Funding Bill which aims to restore 21 District Attorney positions should they be eliminated. He and Baxter gathered with other lawmakers and law enforcement leaders at the Waukesha County Courthouse tuesday to show support for the measure.