Louisiana lawmakers give judges up to 5 years of pay raises
BATON ROUGE (AP) - Judges could get pay raises for the next five years, under a bill that won final legislative passage.
The 2.5% raises for 372 judges under Kenner Republican Sen. Danny Martiny's bill will start with the new budget year on July 1.
Additional 2.5% raises would happen each new budget year through 2023 if the judiciary determines it has money in its budget developed by lawmakers to pay for them.
An 87-3 House vote sent the measure to the governor's desk.
The pay hikes will cost $1.8 million in the first year and could grow to $9.5 million by the fifth year if they are awarded annually. Louisiana's Supreme Court justices have agreed to cover the first year of the cost from an existing judicial surplus.
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