HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A state lawmaker is proposing an ultimatum to judges who choose not to take unpaid days off: No furlough days, no reappointment.

Democratic Rep. Zeke Zalaski of Southington said in a statement Thursday that his proposal may be a solution to what he called some judges’  “display of arrogance.”

The Hartford Courant reported this week that 26 of the nearly 180 state judges chose not to voluntarily take any furlough days within the past year, despite a request by Chief Justice Chase Rogers.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell is asking those judges to take unpaid days retroactively, or repay the state, to help with Connecticut’s budget problems.

Nearly all other state employees are being forced to take unpaid days off.

Judges earn about $147,000 to $162,500 a year.

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