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State court system requests two percent budget increase

Jan 17, 2019 12:01 pm
Dan M. Clark is reporting for the New York Law Journal the state Unified Court System is requesting a nearly $45 million, or 2 percent, budget increase from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the Legislature. The judiciary argues the increased spending plan is needed to combat court backlogs and to finance staffing and salary increases. If approved, the court system's operations budget would total $2.28 billion, as of Apr. 1. Lawrence K. Marks, Chief Administrative Judge, said the requested two percent is a modest increase. “Well over 90 percent of our budget is personnel costs,” Marks said. “The courthouses themselves are owned and maintained under the law by local governments, county governments, city governments, and the New York City government. That’s a major expense and that’s not part of our budget.” The judiciary is also seeking $24 million for infrastructure spending, for technology, security and records management. The court system’s budget, as is required by law, was not modified by the governor’s office before it was included in the proposed spending plan presented Jan. 15. It will now be reviewed by Cuomo and state lawmakers as they negotiate a final spending plan, which is due at the end of March. Read the full story in the New York Law Journal.