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Courts to Receive Trust Fund Bail Out

March 3rd, 2008 by flanews

The standoff between the state judges and lawmakers is over. After weeks of threats by judges to close courts across the state, lawmakers have decided to give the court system trust fund money. The battle began after an appropriations committee asked the court system to hold back four percent of its budget. When it came time to pay the piper, the money wasnt there.

Unfortunately a lot of the districts put their employees at risk by blazing through their budgets and not heeding our warnings and as we approached the end of the fiscal year and started to ask for some of this money back because we dont have the dollars to give to them, they werent able to do it. They put their employees and their rank and file at risk of layoff and furloughs and thats just not acceptable, said Senator Victor Crist.

The courts will receive about 12 million dollars to get through the end of the fiscal year in July, but lawmakers warn of bigger cuts next year. Theyll ask the courts to hold back six percent of its budget.

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