I guess this is a “good” extra expenditure to have. It means we are moving in the right direction.
The United States Judicial Conference is asking for a 4.4% budget increase to account for the new Judges appointed by Trump.
Each new District Judge commands a 2020 salary of $216,400 while each new Circuit Judge costs $229,500 in 2020. Then you have staff, including 2 law clerks for each Judge and 1 secretary for each Judge. Additionally a few additional new courthouse staff are needed with additional Judges. More courtroom bailiffs may also be required.
All of that is not cheap, so the budget increase is not at all a surprise.