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Connecticut Judges To Get First Pay Raise In 6 Years

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut judges will be getting their first pay raise in six years under the new state budget, which increases judicial salaries by 10.6 percent over two years.

The raises were included in a budget bill of more than 500 pages that was approved by the legislature Wednesday. Judges will see a 5.3 percent raise July 1 and another 5.3 percent increase next year.

Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers said in a statement Thursday that she appreciated lawmakers and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s support of the salary hikes. Judges haven’t had a salary increase since 2007.

“These raises were recommended by the Commission on Judicial Compensation, which spent many hours researching, analyzing and considering this issue before presenting a public report to the governor and legislative leaders,” Rogers said.

The two-year, $44 billion state budget takes effect July 1 and includes about $5.5 million for the raises. The state has 201 judge positions on its supreme, appellate and superior courts. Fifteen of those are vacant.

Superior Court judges will see their pay increase from the current $146,780 to $162,751 over the two years. Associate Supreme Court justices’ salaries will increase from $162,520 to $180,204; Rogers’ pay will go from $175,645 to $194,757.

Family support magistrates also will get a pay raise, from $121,615 to $134,848 over the two years.

In recommending the raises, Rogers and the commission cited a national survey by the National Center for State Courts. The survey showed Connecticut pay for general trial court judges ranked 14th highest in the country. But when the state’s cost of living was factored in, the state ranking dropped to 45th.

The average trial court judge’s salary nationwide is about $137,000.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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