Wisconsin moves forward on funding civil legal aid

Justice Mosaic in CapitolWe are pleased to report that on Friday, May 14, the Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee voted unanimously to approve an amendment (pdf) to the 2015-17 state budget that allocates $1 million ($500,000 per year) for grants to provide civil legal aid services to low income abuse victims in Wisconsin. Jim Gramling, President of the Access to Justice Commission, had the following to say regarding the committee’s vote: “On behalf of the Access to Justice Commission, I salute the members of the Joint Finance Committee for their vote to help narrow the Justice Gap in Wisconsin. Victims of domestic violence in all four corners of the state stand to benefit from this action. Given Governor Walker’s strong support for services to domestic violence victims, I am certain he will take special pleasure in signing the Budget Bill knowing this provision is in it.”

“The motion’s sponsors, Rep. Michael Schraa and Sen. Alberta Darling are due special thanks for their role in making this possible. We also want to thank the committee’s co-chair, Rep. John Nygren, and the vice-chairs, Rep. Dale Kooyenga and Sen. Luther Olsen for their leadership throughout this process.”

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