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Chief Justice Toal asks lawmakers to exempt courts from cuts

Feb 9, 2011 1:37:00 PM - thestate.com
Chief Justice Jean Toal this morning asked a state Senate panel not to cut her state appropriation from last year’s $18.2 million.

In her presentation to members of a Senate finance subcommittee, Toal asked that senators exempt state courts from any possible across-the-board spending cuts to state agencies.

“Chief, if everybody asked for that, we wouldn’t have to do across the board cuts, would we?” said Sen. David Thomas, R-Greenville, in a polite tone. Thomas is co-chair of the six-senator subcommittee before which Toal appeared.

“I realize that,” replied Toal, equally politely.

“But you’re a lawyer —, “ continued Thomas.

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