Potential raises for Michigan judges headed to Governor Snyder

(AREA) — The Michigan Senate has passed a bill that could raise judges’ pay in the future after 15 years of stagnant judicial salaries. The Senate on Wednesday approved the bill, which now heads to Governor Rick Snyder. The House passed the bill on Tuesday. Judges’ salaries haven’t increased because their pay is currently tied to Supreme Court justices, who haven’t seen a raise in years. The measure would tie raises to salary increases given to non-union state workers, such as administrators. The bill won’t affect Supreme Court justices’ pay. 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.