Chief Justice Minton to present overview of Judicial Branch budget to legislative committee Nov. 25 in Frankfort
Chief justice will testify before the Budget Review Subcommittee on Justice and the Judiciary
FRANKFORT, Ky., Nov. 21, 2013 – Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. will present an overview of the Judicial Branch budget to the General Assembly’s Budget Review Subcommittee on Justice and the Judiciary on Monday, Nov. 25, at the Capitol Annex in Frankfort. The meeting is open to the public and will take place at 10 a.m. EST.
Chief Justice Minton will testify about the budget for the next fiscal biennium of Fiscal Years 2014-2016. He will focus on revising the Judicial Branch salary structure as his top legislative priority for the 2014 session of the General Assembly.
“The sad facts are that more than 800 of our 3,300 non-elected employees fall under the federal poverty guidelines for a family of four and an even larger number qualify for food stamps based on their salaries,” Chief Justice Minton said. “In addition to the burden this puts on our employees, we are losing people to higher paying jobs in the private sector and other branches of government. We need to begin making systemic changes in our salary structure to ensure that court employees are adequately and fairly compensated.”
Chief Justice Minton formed a Compensation Commission in 2010 to evaluate the Judicial Branch’s salary scale, which has historically trailed those of the Executive and Legislative branches. The plan he will propose to the legislative committee is based on the commission’s recommendations.
The chief justice is the administrative head of the state court system and is responsible for overseeing its operation. Chief Justice Minton was elected to the Supreme Court in 2006. His fellow justices elected him to serve a four-year term as chief justice in 2008 and re-elected him for a second term in 2012.