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Judicial employees forced to take furloughs

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

Chief Justice John Minton Junior tells says it's the worst financial situation the Kentucky court system has ever faced.

Thirty-three hundred state employees will be required to take three furlough days after deep budget cuts.

All courthouses throughout the state will be closed on August 6th, September 4th, and October 15th, 2012.

"In the modern history of the commonwealth , I do not know of a time when a service to the public has been interrupted because there is not enough money to keep the courts open," says Minton.

Judicial Branch employees found out about their days off without pay through an email, that Minton believes most saw coming,"We have cut and cut and cut. We've cut fat before and we're now cutting bone."

The Kentucky General Assembly reduced fund availability to the Judicial Branch by $25.2 million dollars for Fiscal Year 2013.

The deep budgets cuts will also result in new hiring restrictions where most vacancies will not be filled. It will also impact 122 part- time employees with benefits. They will be losing 20 hours of work as well as their health benefits.

Chief Justice Minton says the state will re-evaluate the financial situation in January, hoping for no additional furlough days but not ruling out the possibility.


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