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Chief Justice: CT Judges Need $45,000 Raise

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 from some politicians in the state.

fact_checker October 18, 2012 at 07:26 PM
I don't think the reporting in this article is completely accurate. The average salary for a trial judge in the U.S. is $137k. In Connecticut, a trial judge earns $147k, well above the average. Nationally, we do not rank 45th as stated. Nationally, we rank 14th. The highest salary in the nation for a trial judge is $180k (Illinois). If Connecticut doles out a raise of $45k - as is being requested - our judges would be making $192k, well above the highest salary in the nation, propelling us into first place in the rankings. I see no reason to make Connecticut judges the highest paid in the nation - and by such a large margin.
Jae October 19, 2012 at 11:18 PM
The article omits that Connecticut is ranked 45th when cost of living is factored in. I am fairly certain the source is The National Center for State Courts.
Jan Rifkinson October 20, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Another solution would be for those judges, who are dissatisfied with their current salaries, to move to a state that pays more. CT is one of the most indebted states in the nation. Many middle class workers who have a job haven't had raises for 4-5-6 yrs. Last year every CT family's taxes were raised making it just that much more difficult to live in the state. The judges, who already make a good living wage, can wait their turn. It isn't their turn yet.
Leonard October 21, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Where is John Frey on this? Why isn't he out there stopping this kind of madness. I know everyone in Ridgefield loves him to death, but why isn't he pounding the podium in our state capitol to get this kind of spending stopped, or at least make a stink about it?

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