State Courthouse Spending on the Rise
State spending on courthouse buildings is going up even as Kentucky's judicial system struggles to pay for its daily operations.
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. Kentucky is spending $122 million this fiscal year on debt service and related costs for the buildings which is double the $61 million spent in 2007.