Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California, released a statement from Jim Partridge, a San Diego County court reporter, on the Assembly Budget Subcommittee’s decision to halt funding for the California Courts Management System (CCMS) project:
“It is refreshing to see California’s Legislature injecting some common sense into the debate over the CCMS with their decision to halt further funding on this misguided project.
“Today, the Legislature reasserted its constitutional authority – and responsibility — to hold the Administrative Office of the Courts accountable for taxpayer dollars.
“Court workers have taken the lead in shining the light on wasteful spending because every dollar directed to this misguided project is a dollar taken away from serving justice in our communities.
“As a court worker, I see the result of the Administrative Office of the Courts’ misguided priorities: backlogs in serving families looking for justice, doors of our courts closed to businesses seeking to resolve disputes.
“As the budget process continues, we are hopeful the Legislature continues to put make justice the highest priority for our courts.”
SEIU California is a coalition of over 700,000 janitors, social workers, security officers, home care workers, school and university employees, healthcare workers, and city, county and state employees represented by SEIU local unions throughout California. We come together to build a better California by fighting to pass policies and elect candidates that benefit working families and advance the issues we care about: affordable healthcare, good wages, retirement security for all, a healthy environment, good schools and universities, and stronger communities. We believe that by working together we can build a California where working families can thrive again.