TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Jury duty in Texas is about to become even more unpopular and it’s all due to budget cuts made during the last legislative session.
Beginning Wednesday, the state is dropping the amount it kicks in to pay jurors.
Currently Texas pays jurors $34 a day, but that amount will drop to $28.
But wait, there’s more.
Counties are also no longer required to pitch in some of their own money for jury pay. However, Tarrant and Dallas Counties have decided to continue their contribution.
“Commissioners Court has agreed to continue its $6 payments to jurors,” said Tarrant County spokesman Marc Flake.
The change means jurors will get $34 a day after the first day of service, instead of the $40 they were getting when the state was reimbursing at a higher rate.
Lawmakers said the change was made to help balance the budget and is expected to save the state $1.7 million this year.