Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore says the court system needs more money or it will be forced to make more layoffs. Moore says he's grateful that the General Fund signed by the governor on Monday increases the court system's appropriation by $5.6 million to $108 million, but he says that is $8.5 million short of what's needed to maintain the current staff. Moore expects to lay off 150 employees after the state's new fiscal year starts Oct. 1 unless the court system gets more money.
The new budget includes a provision that allows the governor to release extra funding to some state programs, but only if tax collections exceed expectations. It specifies that if Governor Bentley releases any money, he must first give $8.5 million to the courts.