State opens door to raising judge salaries


LANSING — Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation that opens the door to raising Michigan judges' pay after 15 years of stagnant judicial salaries.

Judges' salaries haven't increased, because their pay is currently tied to Supreme Court justices, who haven't seen a raise in years.

Snyder's office said the measure signed last week will allow regular salary evaluations for trial court and Court of Appeals judges.

Bill sponsor and Republican Senator Rick Jones of Grand Ledge has said the legislation removes political jockeying from the process.

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