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Court System Threatened With Potential Budget Cuts
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Madeleine Hackett

It's was a "gloomy morning meeting" in the office today according to Houston County Circuit Clerk Carla Woodall. Her department...which is already staffed at only 47%, is expected to lose eleven more staff members if Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s latest proposition goes through. Woodall's office has ten divisions, four offices, and staffs seven courtrooms. She says if this budget cut goes through, "there is absolutely no way we can function". Currently, it costs 127.2 million dollars for the judicial system to function. Governor Bentley's budget cut is looking to take that to 90 million- a 34 million dollar cut. An estimated 600 judicial employees state wide would lose their job.


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