Unlocking raises for judges passes in Michigan House

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Judges across Michigan could get a raise under a bill approved by the House after nearly 15 years of stagnant pay.

The legislation would tie raises to salary increases given to non-union state workers.

The House sent the bill back to the Senate on Tuesday. If the Senate agrees to small changes, the bill will go to Gov. Rick Snyder.

Judges haven’t received a raise in years because the pay of Michigan Supreme Court justices hasn’t changed. The two are connected. Republican Sen. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge says the bill removes political jockeying from pay raises.

Judges on the appeals court are paid about $151,000. Circuit and probate judges get $140,000, and District Court judges get $138,000.

Supreme Court justices are paid $164,610. They’re not covered by the legislation.

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