Lawmakers back pay raises for local officials
BATON ROUGE - Pay raise bills for judges, parish clerks of court and assessors are sailing through the Louisiana Legislature.
It remains unclear whether Gov. Bobby Jindal will support the measures, two of which have received final passage.
The Senate gave final backing Friday to a bill that will let local tax assessors raise their salaries by 4 percent annually for four straight years. The dollars would have to come from local funds, not the state treasury.
Earlier this session, lawmakers gave final passage to a measure that will allow annual 4 percent pay raises for parish clerks of court for the next four years. Those dollars also would come from local sources.
A pay raise for judges is only a few steps from the governor's desk as well.