Excerpt from page 123 that continues to demonstrate the (lack of) fine leadership on the judicial council and at the AOC
The Administration recognizes that, like the rest of state government, the Judicial
Branch has growing costs related to employee retirement, health care, and other areas.
The Budget recognizes these costs and provides an augmentation of $100 million
General Fund to support trial court operations and $5 million General Fund to support
the state judiciary, but like the rest of state government these costs must be managed.
The Administration has worked with state employee groups to require current employees
to contribute approximately half of the normal retirement costs, pursuant to the Public
Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013. In contrast, the Judicial Branch still has many
court employees who do not contribute towards their retirement costs.
I suppose you all know that it is unlawful for any private company to top-load its pension benefits for execs and leave the serfs to fend for themselves. So why should the Judicial Council permit only the executives within their administrative offices to top load their pensions by paying their share when every other state employee has to pay for about half of their benefits?
Why are judicial branch pension contributions ( the expenditure of public funds that does not meet an acceptable standard of good government) private information (according to the state controllers office attorneys) when everything else (their pay, their benefits and their budgets) is public information?
A suggestion to our legislators: Find out who these people are ( we actually have a list someone provided us but we can’t seem to confirm it with supporting government documentation or an alternative source as proof… ) and eliminate their jobs and the budget for salaries and benefits that go with them permanently.
Send an unambiguous message to San Francisco. After all, it is these same platinum paid people that have orchestrated this unprecedented pain upon the trial courts and the public in an effort to send a message to Sacramento.
You can find the governors budget proposal in the link below. In short, if you thought this fiscal year was bad for the trial courts, wait until next fiscal year.
And as usual for the past couple of years, budget change proposals submitted by the “old state court system” continue to get approved and they get to chug along with increased growth, increased employment and increased budgets while the trial court system continues to disintegrate.
On a positive note: More money appears to come out of the construction fund which just means less of a bounty for the thieves who have been misappropriating those funds for their own financial gain.