We are fighting an uphill battle to secure adequate funding for Iowa’s court system. To avoid more layoffs and more courthouse closings, the Legislature must accept the $164 million budget requested by Chief Justice Cady and recommended by Governor Branstad.
Keep in mind, the Governor’s budget is not only balanced, but projects a slight surplus. So far, the Legislature is not listening. In the current political climate, too many of our elected representatives have sniffed the air and decided it is safer and simpler to oppose all spending increases than to make tough decisions based on reasoned evaluations of needs and resources. The court system is an easy victim of this mentality because it lacks an organized, vocal constituency. Like it or not, it falls largely to us, the lawyers who use the courts and know the value of the judicial system, to speak not just for ourselves and our clients, but for the countless Iowans who depend on the courts but lack the voice to be heard by their representatives.
Your board of directors asks that you take two specific actions:
1.) Click here and sign the PCBA’s electronic petition, which will go to all Iowa legislators. It takes less than 20 seconds! If the 1500 members of the Polk County Bar Association act together, our voice will be heard!
2.) Click on the email links below of all Polk County legislators and send them a message that you support the Judiciary’s full funding request. If you’re busy, say it in a single sentence. But say it! Or, better yet, copy the email address block below into your address bar and send the same email to all 19 members of the Polk County delegation!
House 42: Kim Pearson
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Thanks for your support and advocacy and feel free to contact me if you need additional information.
Stephen R. Eckley
Belin McCormick, P.C.
666 Walnut Street Suite 2000
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
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