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Furloughing very dedicated federal court employees, in plain English, is asking those employees to take very significant pay cuts. If the result of furloughs is closed courthouses, the plain-English translation goes something like this: Your house catches fire, you call 911, and you are informed by recorded message that the fire station is closed until tomorrow.
Not many houses catch fire, nor do many people end up in federal court, but this community needs both to function when we need them. Congress needs to hear from all Minnesotans. Take a few minutes and write a letter or send an e-mail. Tell Congress that adequate funding of the federal courts is important.
Judge Kevin S. Burke; Hennepin County District Court
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