March 19, 2018
The Honorable Lawton R. Nuss
When I delivered my State of the Judiciary address to the Kansas Legislature, I explained why compensation increases are needed for judicial branch employees and judges. For example, nearly one-third of our employees must also take jobs outside the judicial branch just to make ends meet. And annual compensation for our district judges ranks next to last in the entire nation. Since my January address, our personnel have discussed these details and others with many legislators.
I was heartened when this message was reinforced by a number of KBA members March 19. On that day, those members visited the Capitol and spoke with nearly 60 legislators. They were able to explain how below-market wages paid to judicial branch employees and judges impact their clients—the legislators' constituents. This impact on everyday Kansans and businesses is a story most persuasively told by lawyers.
I deeply appreciate not only the KBA's initiation of this program but also those members who devoted their day to promoting justice in a different manner than usual.