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Judiciary seeks nearly 10 percent budget increase

The Maryland Judiciary has apparently not gotten with the budget-cutting program.

The state’s judicial branch will seek about $549 million for fiscal 2016 — a nearly 10 percent increase from the approximately half-billion dollars appropriated for the judiciary this fiscal year, which ends June 30.

The judiciary’s proposal is independent of the slimmed-down budget Gov. Larry Hogan is expected to propose Thursday for executive branch agencies, as well as the 2 percent cut former Gov. Martin O’Malley mandated for those agencies in the waning weeks of his governorship, which ended Wednesday.



About Steve Lash

Steve Lash covers federal and Maryland appellate courts and the General Assembly’s judiciary committees for The Daily Record. He joined the newspaper in 2008 after spending nearly 20 years covering the U.S. Supreme Court and legal affairs for several publications, including the Houston Chronicle, Cox Newspapers, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and West’s Legal News. Lash, a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law, is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court and Maryland bars.