He is asking for an increase in overall spending and funding increases for much of the justice system.
Under Dayton’s budget:
- Civil Legal Services would get a 4.5 percent increase
- The Board of Public Defense would get a 6.5 percent increase
- The Supreme Court would get a 4.3 percent increase
- The Court of Appeals would get a 5.9 percent increase
- The District Courts would get a 6.2 percent increase
- The Guardian Ad Litem Board would get a 4.3 percent increase
- The Tax Court would get a 19.5 percent increase
- The Judicial Standards Board would get a 33 percent increase
Much of the new money would go to paying for new employees, raises, investments in technology and to up the contribution to the employee retirement fund for branch employees.
The legislature and the Governor will meet in the coming weeks to finalize a budget for the coming biennium.
Chief Justice Lorie Gildea released a brief statement after the recommendations were released.
“We appreciate Governor Dayton’s support for our budget request and look forward to working with the Legislature in the months ahead.”