(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez reported that the Assembly Budget Sub-Committee 5 on Public Safety took action Thursday to increase trial court funding by $100 million.
“Inadequate funding has placed our court houses at risk, forcing them to cut hours, reduce services, or even close their doors,” said Pérez. “This impacts our communities, our justice system, and public safety. Today’s budget action is an important step to help maintain basic operations of court houses throughout the state and close to home in Blythe and Calexico. I will continue to press this issue as budget negotiations progress.”
Responding to the Governor’s May Revise proposal which threatened the closure of court houses in the cities of Blythe and Calexico, Pérez sent a letter to the Budget Subcommittee 5 urging support for the amplification of trial court funding to keep these critical community assets functioning.
The extra courtroom funding must remain in the budget through all negotiations and be signed by the governor before Calexico can count on the increase.