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Kansas judiciary wants to raise docket fees to offset budget cuts

January 27, 2009

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— The Kansas judicial branch wants to offset proposed budget cuts by raising docket fees.

It’s asking the Legislature to end a ban on such fees.

The request is a reaction to a 3.4 percent across-the-board cut that a Senate committee has suggested to plug a deficit in the current state budget. The proposal would mean a nearly a $4 million cut for the courts.

Unlike other areas of state government, about 98 percent of the judicial budget is for salaries.

The Senate Judiciary Committee plans a Feb. 5 hearing on legislation to eliminate the fee ban.

Committee Chairman Tim Owens said he thinks it’s a good idea. He said the alternative would be furloughing court employees throughout the state which would create a backlog in cases.

Comments

Steve Jacob 6 years, 1 month ago

98% salary? Yep that is because the local government picks up the rest of their expenses, like weekly "staff lunches".

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