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Wisconsin prosecutors want to increase alcohol tax

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin District Attorneys Association wants to increase the state's alcohol tax to pay for more prosecutors.

  The association released a resolution on Monday that calls for an unspecified increase in the alcohol tax to pay for higher salaries and the hiring of 121 assistant district attorneys statewide.

  The state Audit Bureau released a report last year that found a shortage of prosecutors statewide.

  The Association of State Prosecutors argues that low pay and high caseloads has led to the resignations of nearly three-quarters of assistant district attorneys since 2000.

  Wisconsin's liquor tax rate is the lowest in the country and only Missouri and Wyoming have lower beer tax rates.

  Combined, the two taxes bring in about $50 million a year.

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