Nominations to appoint new judges to the Connecticut Superior Court were called today on the House Floor. State Representative Prasad Srinivasan (R-Glastonbury) voted against all the nominations.
“I have had the privilege, as a member of the Judiciary Committee, of hearing from each of these judges directly during public hearings over the past week,” said Rep. Srinivasan. “Each judge has great qualifications for a position in the Superior Court, but given Connecticut’s ongoing budget crisis, this is not the time to appoint new judges. The Office of Fiscal Analysis predicts that the cost of appointing these judges and their support staff will cost our taxpayers $12 million. We are currently in a deficit of $381 million, and running the risking of compromising the funding for services impacting the most vulnerable in our community. We cannot afford to pay the salaries of new judges and their staff and hence I could not support the new nominations.”
All nominations passed through the House of Representatives on party-line votes. The nominations will now be brought up in the Senate.