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Milwaukee Co. Looking At Furloughs In 2010

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Just like state government, Milwaukee County government is looking at unpaid furlough days this year to help make up for a loss of tax revenues. But County Executive Scott Walker – a Republican candidate for Wisconsin governor – says he understands how the furloughs might put a crimp into the court system. And he says he’ll help the sheriff, district attorney, and the courts look for alternate ways to save money. For now, DA John Chisholm has ordered his staffers to take the 12 unpaid furlough days which are in this year’s Milwaukee County budget. But he warns that more people charged with minor crimes might get diversion agreements, in which their convictions would be wiped out if those people stay clean. He said prosecutors would have to spend more of their time on the more severe criminals. Meanwhile, Sheriff David Clarke made waves when he talked about putting 120 jail inmates on home confinement instead. But after getting criticism from Democrats, Walker said he’s working on an alternative with Clarke in which no prisoners would be released. The plan is expected to be announced later this week.

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