MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Legislature's budget committee is poised to decide whether to create a solicitor general's office within the state Justice Department.
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he needs the office to handle complicated cases and oversee appeals. Gov. Scott 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 legal secretary.
A Legislative 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 is expected to review the provisions Thursday.