Nope. You didn’t read that wrong. While I, and everybody else it seems, was focused on Justice George’s comments about the ACJ in his speech before the legislature last week, what may have gotten lost in the hubbub was that Justice George apparently had also come out against court closures. At least that’s according to the Associated Press.
California’s chief justice says shutting down courthouses one day a month should no longer be considered an option for helping the state close its budget deﬁcit.
Supreme Court Justice Ronald George said lawmakers should instead consider extending the temporary sales and personal income tax increases that took effect last year.
He addressed a joint session of the Assembly and Senate on Tuesday during his annual State of the Judiciary speech.
Yikes! Not sure which part I’m surprised about. The part that he came out against court closures or the part where he recommends extending tax increases. If Californians were unhappy with his and the Judicial Council’s desicion to implement closures, something tells me they aren’t going to be too thrilled with his suggestion of extending taxes either.
The funny thing is I reread his speech and couldn’t find anywhere in it where he suggested he was against court closures or that he suggested extending tax increases. But I’m happy to be proven wrong if anyone else can find it.
And wait a minute…first you were for court closures and now you’re against them? Hmmm…why does that make me think of this?