NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The sheriff and judges of Criminal District Court in New Orleans pleaded this week with the City Council for more funding, warning their operations would be jeopardized if they don't get more money than allocated in the city's proposed 2013 budget.
The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/UFaY88 ) Sheriff Marlin Gusman said he needs $37.1 million, 40 percent more than the $22.4 million the city administration has recommended. His proposed funding, though, was cut just 2 percent from its 2012 rate - much less than the financial blows Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration dealt most agencies.
The proposed $491 million budget for 2013 calls for widespread cuts as the city struggles to pay skyrocketing pension and health care costs, and come up with $7 million to begin financing federally mandated police reforms.
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