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Jan. 14, 2022Des Moines, Iowa |  By: AP

Iowa courts system seeks money to hire judges, give raises


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Chief Justice Susan Christensen is seeking a nearly 7% increase in the court system's budget for next year in hopes of increasing salaries and hiring judges, attorneys and other staff after a hiring freeze.

Christensen made the budget proposals for this fiscal year beginning in July during her annual Condition of the Judiciary Address on Wednesday to a joint session of the Iowa Legislature.

She sought $202.5 million, a 6.7% increase and $4.3 million more than Gov. Kim Reynolds has recommended.

The court's proposed budget provides $2 million for open positions that were left unfilled last year, $2.9 million for a 5.9% pay raise for judicial officers, and $1.3 million to continue an effort to hire additional judges and other staffers.