Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday offered California's judiciary a fiscal year of financial goodwill, submitting a $122.6 billion state budget proposal that provides more than $200 million in additional money to the branch.
The governor's 2016-17 spending plan includes $60 million for deferred courthouse maintenance, an ongoing $20 million boost for trial court operations and $21 million to handle the increased workload created by Proposition 47, the voter-approved initiative that allows those convicted of certain drug and property crimes to seek reduced sentences. There's also more money for interpreters, a financial tracking system, statutorily mandated salary increases for judges, a $10-per-hour rate increase for appellate panel counsel, and higher trial court and state-level employee costs.
The governor is also proposing that five vacant judgeships—he didn't say where—be moved to other locations in the state "where the workload is the highest." And he's allocating $30 million for a grant program rewarding courts that develop "programs and practices that save money and better serve the public."
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