Ala. courts layoff 100 temporary workers, budget cuts blamed

Montgomery, AL – - The Alabama court system is laying off
more than 100 temporary employees.
Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb said Monday the layoffs are
effective March 31 due to funding shortages.
Cobb said across-the-board cuts appear likely for the state
General Fund budget, and that will mean a drastic reduction for the
state court system. She said the layoffs could grow to several
hundred court employees unless the governor uses money from the
state's rainy day fund to help state agencies.
The layoffs are similar to what occurred in 2003, when the court
system had widespread layoffs due to state budget troubles.