Chief Justice Minton to discuss priorities for Judicial Branch budget before legislative committee Feb. 4 in Frankfort

Chief Justice MintonFRANKFORT, Ky. Jan. 30, 2014 – Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. will discuss the Judicial Branch budget before the General Assembly’s House Budget Review Subcommittee on Justice and Judiciary on Tuesday, Feb. 4, in Frankfort. The meeting is open to the public and will take place at noon EST in the Capitol Annex.

The Judicial Branch budget bill covers funding for Fiscal Years 2014-2016 and has been filed as House Bill 238.

On Tuesday, Chief Justice Minton will outline his priorities for the biennial budget, including a complete overhaul of the Judicial Branch’s broken salary structure. Salaries for court system personnel have fallen behind those in the private sector and the other branches of state government. In addition, one-quarter of Judicial Branch employees fall under the federal poverty guidelines for a family of four and an even larger number qualify for food stamps.

Chief Justice Minton will also address his other priorities, which call for maintaining the Judicial Branch’s base budget at current levels with no reductions, funding the required cost of employee benefits and reinvesting savings from House Bill 463 into the Judicial Branch.

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.

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