Chief Justice Mulligan Responds
to Governor's Budget Vetoes
Message to Trial Court Employees
Governor Patrick signed a budget that vetoed $11.45M of the Trial
Court FY08 budget approved by the Legislature. I immediately
contacted Senate President Murray and Speaker DiMasi to request
an override of the Governor'svetoes. I also continue to
reach out to other leaders in the House and Senate to support
the Trial Court.
Trial Court had requested a modest budget increase for FY08 given
the fact that the vast majority of our expenses are non-discretionary.
The budget approved by the Legislature represented a 2.8 percent
increase over FY07 but the Governor's vetoes reduce the
increase to seven-tenths of one percent, as compared to overall
state budget growth of 4.42 percent.
would like to point out that the Governor's statement indicated
that the Trial Court would revert $4.3M to the general fund for
FY07. Case-related expenses for guardians ad litem and court
reporters make it difficult to predict whether some reversion
will occur. However, as of today our reversion amount is less
than $2 million from which payroll taxes, and other bills will
continue to be paid through the end of August.
urge you to remain focused on the important work of providing
access to justice across the Commonwealth. I commend your tremendous
service in ensuring that justice is available to all. Never underestimate
the impact of your efforts in improving the lives of the many
citizens who come to our courthouses each day.
be assured that we will continue to advocate vigorously to the
Legislature, which traditionally has supported the courts, to
respond to the vetoes with an override. I am optimistic that
the Legislature will recognize the importance of adequate funding
for the judicial branch of government.
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