Statement from House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (D-Mt. Morris Township) on Court of Appeals judgeships:
“The continued drastic decline in court filings is validation that Governor Rick Snyder’s appointment of two judges to vacant slots on the Court of Appeals was unnecessary. These appointments brought the court to 28 judges merely a month after the House voted to reduce the number of judgeships to 24 because of reduced caseloads. After taxing our seniors and cutting funding to classrooms across the state, this unnecessary cost to the taxpayers of Michigan is unacceptable. Families across our state are making tough decisions when it comes to finances, and it’s time the Governor and Republicans in the Legislature were held to the same standards."