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Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lori Gildea makes a light-hearted remark in July of 2012 during a voter identification lawsuit hearing. File Photo

Courts seek more money for salaries

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota judges for years told the public that justice delayed is justice denied, and budget cuts delay justice.

Budget struggles eased two years ago and now court officials seek a budget bump to raise judges and staff members' pay.

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"Our priority last (legislative budget) session was to stop the bleeding," Chief Justice Lorie Gildea said in an interview.

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