Thursday, April 7, 2011

Chief justice, Scott agree on Florida court loan

Chief Justice Charles Canady and Gov. Rick Scott’s office agreed Wednesday on a plan to loan money from reserves to Florida’s court system to avoid furloughs and curtailing some legal services through May.

The agreement will cover $19.5 million of a $72.3 million shortfall in court funding blamed on a sharp drop in mortgage foreclosure filing fees.

The remaining shortfall through the end of the budget year on June 30 will be covered through spending cuts and a supplemental appropriation from the Legislature.

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