Monday, May 16, 2011

Make the lawbreakers (literally) pay

The legislature has been grappling with how to financially support Wisconsin's justice system -- courts, police, prosecutors, public defenders, corrections and support agencies. 

The issues are lengthy and solutions few but here's a "no brainer" for your consideration: make the lawbreakers pay.

After all, scofflaws use the services and thus a greater user fee should be collected.  Simply stated, fines and costs haven't kept pace with inflation. 

A $37 speeding ticket in 1973 costs $176 today.  Adjusted for inflation that $37 should be $187 today.  There's no reason why those who break the law and use the services of the justice system shouldn't pay their fair share.

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