Eight rankings where Wisconsin’s notable ranking is not a good thing

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For worst repaired roads, small farm bankruptcies, opioid-related ER admissions, and five other categories, Wisconsin is negatively distinguishing itself among states. > Urban Milwaukee

State Supreme Court moves to raise pay for some lawyers representing poor defendants

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After years of mounting evidence that Wisconsin’s lawyers are turning down requests to represent poor defendants because of the state’s lowest-in-the-nation $40 hourly pay, the Supreme Court has decided to raise the rate, in some cases, to $100. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Lawyers, judges ask Wisconsin Supreme Court to raise defense lawyer pay from lowest-in-nation level

Attorneys and judges throughout the state told the Wisconsin Supreme Court this week that the state’s funding for public defenders and other court-appointed lawyers was so low it had created a constitutional crisis. The state pays private attorneys $40 per hour to take public defender cases, which is the lowest in the nation. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin struggling to find enough attorneys due to lowest pay in nation

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Wisconsin’s low compensation rate for private attorneys has contributed to the shortage of lawyers willing to represent people who can’t afford a private attorney, according to state officials.  The state Public Defender’s Office pays attorneys $40 an hour to represent poorer clients, the lowest compensation rate in the U.S. for such cases. > AP News

Budget committee approves raises for prosecutors, public defenders, judges

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The Legislature’s budget committee approved raises for prosecutors, public defenders and judges Wednesday, though not at levels requested by those groups. Wisconsin State Journal