Florida court clerks warn budget means 900 layoffs, closed offices

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Florida’s court clerks are warning that the new state budget could lead to nearly 900 people losing their jobs and the closing of offices across the state, reports the Associated Press.

County court clerks handle everything from court files, traffic tickets and child support. The clerks’ budget, however, is set by the Florida Legislature.

A decision by House and Senate budget negotiators in the waning days of the session will reduce the clerks’ budget by more than $30 million.

Sarasota County Clerk of the Court Karen Rushing called the proposed cuts “devastating.” Pinellas County Clerk of the Court Ken Burke said he will have no choice but to close some branch offices and curtail hours.

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