TALLAHASSEE (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott has approved part of a plan to keep Florida's courts operating in the face of a $72.3 million deficit.
Scott's budget director, Jerry McDaniel, on Tuesday notified Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady that the governor has approved shifting $14 million earmarked for mediation arbitration and court education within the system's budget to pay for day-to-day operating expenses.
McDaniel wrote in a letter that amount should be enough to keep the courts function through April 30. He added that will give the governor additional time to study the situation before deciding on Canady's request for another $28.48 million.
Filing fees that support the court system have declined due to a temporary but sharp drop in new foreclosure cases.