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Connecticut Judges Need $45,000 More Each, Chief Justice Says

Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers says Connecticut judges are underpaid compared to their peers in other states and she has formally proposed that judges here get $45,000 each in pay raises over the next four years.

Connecticut’s chief justice wants to give $45,000 in raises to state judges, a move she says is needed because the judges have gone five years without a salary increase and because they are underpaid compared to judges in other states.

Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers proposed the increases over four years in a report to the state’s Commission on Judicial Compensation. The commission is expected to make a recommendation on her request in January. The legislature could vote on the proposal next year.

Under her recommendation, a superior court judge’s salary would increase from an average of about $147,000 annually to about $192,000, according to a report by television station WTNH.  A national court organization ranks Connecticut 45th in the country for judges' pay, the report says.

Under her plan Connecticut Supreme Court judges would see their pay rise about $49,000 eacy over four years, from about $163,000 to about $212,000, according to The Day of New London.

The judicial pay raise plan, coming on the heels of more than $260,000 in controversial salary hikes that were given, and later suspended, to top officials in the state’s Department of Higher Education last week, is already drawing fire.

"Judges probably deserve a pay raise. But there are people everywhere, both in the private and public sector, who deserve pay raises but do not earn as much as judges," State Rep. Chris Wright, D-Bristol, told The Day.

meowkats4 October 18, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Chief Justice Chase T. Roger has no scruples!!! She don't care about those that are struggling with high taxes, mortgages, insurance, healthcare- low paying jobs in a bad economy. They want, want more! Let those darn tax payers eat cake!
Mark Kalina October 19, 2012 at 02:13 AM
I usually bite my tongue in situations like this, but $45,000, really. I recall last week Robert A. Kennedy, president of Connecticut's Board of Regents for Higher Education resigned for inappropriately giving pay raises to that board. The chief justice is out of touch with the people and state she is supposed to serve. Maybe its time for her to leave too. Can you say "impeachment"?
The Truth October 19, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Pure Greed
Jim G. October 19, 2012 at 02:03 PM
When the state starts losing judges to other appointments and returns to private practice, it might be seen differently. No raises for five years would provoke strikes and a mass exodus in many industries. You can sneer because of the salary levels involved, but I doubt anyone really wants bargain-rate expertise when the scalpel is in your brain or heart, or your entire legal life is on someone's desk. High qualifications come at a high price.

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