Judicial Budget

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The Judicial Budget in California

The year 2014 is the first since the budgetary implosion of the Great Recession that sufficient funds will be available to repair at least some of the damage done to our judicial system in past years by deep budget cuts.

Until this point, Governors Schwarzenegger and Brown, as well as legislative leaders, could legitimately claim that the massive financial shortfalls required everyone, including the judiciary, to incur significant cutbacks. But now, in part because of Brown’s success in increasing tax revenues, California’s budgetary situation has improved significantly. As a consequence, any decision in 2014 to maintain those cuts will be much more difficult to defend. On the other hand, if by 2015 they are still in place, they will likely be viewed as the new baseline, making the negative effects even more difficult to reverse.

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