State Rep. Rob VerHeulen today announced he is leading efforts to address a funding shortfall for Michigan courts created by a Michigan Supreme Court decision.
In 2014, the Supreme Court ruled in People v. Cunningham that courts could not levy certain costs on defendants, which created a funding shortfall projected to reach as much as $100 million. The Legislature passed a short-term solution that year allowing courts to continue imposing the costs through October 2017.
“Unless we come up with a new solution, our state’s court system will face a significant funding crisis when that measure expires later this year,” said Rep. VerHeulen, of Walker. “The stakeholders need to come together to have a frank and honest conversation on how Michigan should address this significant funding shortfall. I look forward to working with the many stakeholders in order to find new ways to address this important issue.
“While discussions on potential solutions are preliminary, I remain optimistic that the work ahead will be efficient, productive and beneficial to the future of Michigan’s Court System.”
Rep. VerHeulen serves as chair of the House judiciary budget subcommittee.