Bigger travel budgets for the Supremes
An appropriations implementing bill awaiting a final vote (HB 5003) contains some unusual language that relates to the recent resignation of Florida Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero. The provision tucked inside the 64-page measure allows justices to be reimbursed for up to 36 trips a year "from the county in which the justice resides" over the next year as long as that justice lives more than 50 miles from Tallahassee. Payments include travel, subsistence and a per diem allowance, and must be authorized by the chief justice.
It was brought to House Speaker Marco Rubio's attention that it was a challence for Cantero, a long-time Coral Gables resident, to maintain two homes while serving on the state's highest court. As of July 1, justices will earn $161,200 annually.