WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) — Wisconsin’s Attorney General Josh Kaul and Governor Tony Evers toured a local crime lab Monday.
If a state legislature passes a new budget request, the lab could receive a financial boost.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice requested over $3 million in the state budget. It would be used to increase pay for current staff. The rest, $1.9 million, would be used to create 17 more positions in Madison, Milwaukee and Wausau.
Evers and Kaul joined local lawmakers and law enforcement at the state crime lab in Wausau.
In a press conference Kaul stated the requested money would help keep the crime labs running smoothly.
“There’s been an increase in average turnaround times for DNA analysis and we want to make sure that cases aren’t being delayed because of the volume of DNA analysis that needs to be conducted,” Kaul says.
Representatives from the Everest Metro Police Department and the Marathon County Sheriffs Department say they support the request.
“If it’s the prosecution or law enforcement or the crime lab or the court system,” says Everest Metro Police Chief Clay Schulz. “They all have to work together and if one part slows down too much, the whole system can slow down.”
Meanwhile, Governor Evers believes the request will have bipartisan support.
“To me it’s a Wisconsin value. I can’t imagine why this wouldn’t be accepted,” says Evers.