Gov. Riley has decided to block the restoration of longevity raises for circuit and district judges. The Legislature passed a resolution in the closing hours of its regular session to restore the raises, which were suspended a year ago. A spokesman for the governor says Riley decided to kill the resolution by not signing it because there is no General Fund budget to pay for any raises.
The Legislature ended its regular session May 16 without passing a budget. The lawmakers will have to return in special session this summer to consider the budget, which funds the courts and other non-education functions of government.