State could rake in $15 million from fees tacked onto debt collections over next two years

The state’s take from fees tacked onto what people owe state agencies, courts and the UW System could hit $15 million over the next two years, under a plan in the guv’s budget to expand debt collection.
Debt collectors in the private sector are generally banned under the Wisconsin Consumer Act from collecting anything beyond the debts owed, instead retaining a portion of the repaid money.
But the state program can collect fees of $35 or 15 percent of what’s owed, whichever is greater. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau noted the fees collected through the state debt collection program over the last...

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