Jun 11, 2013
Statement from CJAC on Courts Budget
SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders have reached an agreement on a state budget for 2013-14 that provides an additional $63 million for the state’s court system. The agreement reduces the allocation proposed by a legislative budget committee last month, which earmarked an additional $100 million for the judiciary, but begins to reverse the drastic funding reductions the courts have endured over the past five years. CJAC President Kim Stone issued the following statement in response:
“The increased funding for the judicial branch is a step in the right direction after five years of cuts that eliminated over a quarter of the court system’s budget. We had hoped the Legislature’s proposal of an extra $100 million could have been accommodated but it is encouraging to know that our leaders are hearing what we have been saying about the current situation in the court system. We appreciate that the Governor was willing to compromise on his May revise proposal.
“As the economy continues to improve and tax revenues continue to rise, the courts need their fair share. There is still a long way to go to restore the funding that has been lost and meet the needs of people who have legal matters to resolve.”
The Legislature is expected to vote on the budget on Friday.