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Thank you for your article on the March 19 Recorder front page, “Complaints on court budget cuts aired.” You mentioned cutting “several mandatory expenses the state normally pays for, including higher security costs, judges’ retirements and salary increases.” Why is no one publicizing that these costs for the first time are raiding the General Fund and the Trial Court Trust Fund, which up to now has been sacrosanct? How can the AOC justify funding a substantial raise for judges when basic services to the public are being cut, and layoffs are contemplated? The judiciary is supposed to avoid “impropriety or the appearance of impropriety.” It certainly looks improper that the judges are being compensated on the backs of the staff who support them and of the taxpayers who support us all. If the state is so hard up for money, why can’t judges’ salaries be frozen, and their retirement contributions paid by themselves, like the rest of the court workers are being forced to accept? Isn’t what’s good for the goose good for the gander? The state could save a lot more money by taking a few swipes at the top than by chipping away from the roots. Jeanie Dobbs San Francisco

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