Kansas judges sue House and Senate, saying lawmakers keep squeezing their budgets
Noting that Kansas district court judges make less than counterparts in every state except West Virginia, a group of the state’s jurists sued Friday to force the Kansas Legislature to increase funding.
The lawsuit said that the Kansas House and Senate continuously fails to adequately fund the judiciary, leading to stagnation in comparatively low salaries for judges and other staff. The meager budgets contribute to the lack of qualified candidates for jobs that open up because of constant turnover, according to the lawsuit.
While judges in Kansas earn in the low six-figures, nearly a third of support staff have starting salaries below the poverty line for families of four people, according to the lawsuit.
“The Judicial Branch loses staff, cannot fill vacancies, and cannot deliver justice without delay,” the 59-page memorandum supporting the lawsuit says.