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Budget panel wants to see Corrections plan

Budget calls for adding 70 staff

MADISON, Wis. - The Legislature's budget committee wants to see more details from the Department of Corrections about its plan for hiring additional staff before handing over the money.

The Joint Finance Committee on Monday voted unanimously to hold off on giving the money to corrections until it sees a plan.

Gov. Scott Walker proposed adding Corrections staff to deal with increased GPS monitoring, make needed informational technology improvements and open a new Office of Inspector General to handle internal investigations.

In total, about 70 new workers were to be hired in the three areas. But the committee, with no discussion, put off approving funding for that until the department comes forward with more details for its plans.


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