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Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:22

Commission suggests 3 percent raise for Michigan judges

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A commission has recommended that Michigan judges get a 3 percent pay increase. The State Officers Compensation Commission suggested the raise on Tuesday. It also says pay should remain frozen for other top state officials, including the governor and state lawmakers. Although the commission doesn't directly set salaries for judges below the Supreme Court level, the judges receive a percentage of what justices on the high court receive. The Detroit Free Press reports the 3 percent pay raise for judges would take effect Jan. 1, 2015, if the recommendation is approved by majority votes in both chambers of the Legislature. Circuit and probate judges in Michigan currently are paid $139,919. District judges make $138,272. The Lansing State Journal says the last pay increase for judges was in 2002.