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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Repealed, but not removed

WGAL's Ben Simoneau highlights how the "unvouchered expense" payments will impact taxpayers for years via pension increases for lawmakers.

What Simoneau didn't cover (not that I expected him to) was the impact on the judiciary. Pete DeCoursey of Capitolwire.com covered the budget hearing in which the Judiciary reported a $10.4 million DEFICIT.

According to a court spokesman, the now-rescinded pay raise cost county and district courts $5.2 milion in additional pay, pension and other costs. Of course, there is no requirement for judges to pay back the money. In fact, there are a couple of lawsuits filed by judges to reinstate it!

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