Courthouses en State Courthouse Spending on the Rise <P>State spending on courthouse buildings is going up even as Kentucky's judicial system struggles to pay for its daily operations.</P> <P>State courthouses shut down September 4th for the second of three furlough days this year because of state budget cuts. The Courier-Journal reports state budgets show a boom in courthouse building spending from 1998 to 2008 has resulted in the doubling of cost for debt service and related costs for buildings. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 09:30:45 +0000 Associated Press 18880 at