Chippewa County Board asks for more pay for public defenders

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Chippewa County (WQOW) — The Chippewa County Board voted on a resolution meant to urge the state to increase funding for public defenders at its meeting Tuesday.

According to the board, the state pays private bar attorneys $40 an hour and $25 an hour for travel time. According to the board, the rates are among the lowest in the country and have not been updated since 1995.

Tuesday, by unanimous vote, the board signed off on the resolution that would urge the state legislature to increase the rates to $100 an hour by 2020.

The resolution will be sent to lawmakers in Madison.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently an Evening Anchor/Producer.

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