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Wayne County Executive Says Prosecutor’s Office Has Decreased Workload, Increased Budget

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DETROIT (WWJ) – Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has made it no secret that she thinks County Exec Bob Ficano needs to do more to help her office.

“Last year the prosecutor and the sheriff got $13.5 million dollars more in their budget than the previous year,” said Ficano.

He says the county is committed. Seeing as the prosecutor’s office, along with the sheriff’s department, have been the only departments to see increases in their budgets:

“While everyone else in the county has taken a twenty percent cut. And that’s in the face of, the prosecutor’s case load has dropped from 18,000 case filings that they had in 2008 to 10,000 in the last year,” Ficano added.

Ficano says the real problem is the loss of a $7 million grant from the state.

“I would join hands with the prosecutor, sheriff and say ‘let’s go up to Lansing,’ they’ve got 1.3 billion dollar surplus, instead of us trying to fight for scraps down here, where we know that it’s very difficult,” said Ficano. “The state is the one that cut your seven million dollars, let’s all of us go back up there and push for that.”

Ficano also saying the county has tried to reach out to Lansing on the prosecutor’s behalf, and he says he’s all for helping to get that money back from Lansing.

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