Judge digs in to cut costs at Detroit court

DETROIT (AP) -- A judge appointed to fix the finances of a troubled Detroit court is moving quickly to save millions by July 1, the start of a new budget year.

The Detroit Free Press says layoff notices have been given to 80 employees at 36th District Court, although the job losses could be spared through other cuts, including a 10 percent reduction in pay.

Spokeswoman Marcia McBrien says the court must live within a $31 million budget. Michigan appeals court Judge Michael Talbot was recently tapped to turn the court around. He plans to meet with unions next week.

Union negotiator Robert Davis says some proposed cuts are too severe.

Published: Fri, Jun 21, 2013

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