Governor Signs Pay Raise Bill

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Gov. Phil Bryant has signed legislation giving Mississippi judges their first pay raise since 2003.

Circuit and chancery judges now make $104,000 a year, effective July 1. It increases pay in four annual steps to $136,000 a year by 2016.

Pay also increases for district attorneys, appellate judges and county court judges.

Court filing fees will rise $40 to cover the raises. Fines for crimes and traffic tickets will increase $10 to cover prosecutors' raises.

A 2011 survey showed Mississippi's judges were the nation's lowest-paid.

Supporters say higher pay will attract more qualified lawyers to become judges and district attorneys.

The law also instructs the state Personnel Board to regularly evaluate judges' and prosecutors' salaries, making recommendations to lawmakers for changes.

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  • by Not Surprised Location: Lauderdale County on Apr 19, 2012 at 09:16 PM
    The judges need that raise, since the economy is in the dumper, bribes just aren't what they used to be!!!!
  • by Sad!!! Location: US on Apr 18, 2012 at 09:17 AM
    What about the teachers, if they were paid a little more for their effort then you would not have people infront of a judge that often because then the educators would have more educated people doing the right thing and thats being productive citizens in society because of a good education. Mississippi's focus is on the wrong thing. Education in Mississippi is so low now that it's a shame we spend our time and money doing things that have no immediate impact on society as a whole. Wow,,he raised the percentage of alcohol in beer and then he gives the judges a raise, whats next? Would it not have made more sense to give the educators and state employees a raise first. As a state employee who makes less than those we serve in the public and could very well qualify for government assistance myself, say to the higher up, "your priorities are all in the wrong place". Get in touch with reality. Why can't the government figure out how to generate more income for education in Mississippi. Gov. Bryant, you really want to make a name for yourself while in office, make our schools better and pay our teachers more and the assistant that helps her/him. Why is it so hard to fund education, if we keep children UNEDUCATED then we keep the criminal system employed (Judges, prosecuters, defense attorneys, law clerks, police, etc.). By putting more focus on educating our children and keeping them busy would put them in a position to be less likely to appear before a judge. Just saying...Teachers have the hardest job in the world, DEALING WITH YOUR CHILDREN AND MINE, but are expected to move mountains. Could you do it today or are you willing to do it for what they earn?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 18, 2012 at 08:23 AM
    Fee driven? And who pays the fees? Additionally, the "fees" aren't going to cover it. So then it comes from the General Fund of the State Budget.
  • by underpaid Location: ms on Apr 17, 2012 at 08:58 PM
    what about thee employees who work with the mentally ill?? havnt have raises in years!!
  • by CHARLES Location: CLARK COUNTY on Apr 17, 2012 at 05:05 PM
  • by Disgusted Location: Meridian on Apr 17, 2012 at 04:45 PM
    First of all, teachers? Really? what about state employees who work all year round? As to this being "overdue", what is overdue is a raise for state employees who make $20,000.00 and qualify for food stamps!!! I don't care if it is fee driven or not! I voted for you Governor Bryant, maybe I shouldn't have!!!!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2012 at 06:19 PM in reply to Disgusted
      you are PATHETIC. You voted for this guy (in your words), but the momement he does something as CRAZY as this one, people like YOU (who voted for this guy) starts QUACKING!!!!!
  • by Don Location: Lauderdale on Apr 17, 2012 at 01:58 PM
    It is something that elected officials do not observe what is happening in the country. The high unemployment, people losing their homes but they still find the money to give raises to their buddies or to them. When will we ever elect an official that cares about the people?
  • by Hmm on Apr 17, 2012 at 12:49 PM
    Great for the judges, but what about our teachers? We have not seen raises in a long time! Just a thought!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2012 at 11:47 AM
    This is long overdue. And there should be nothing to complain about since it is entirely fee-driven.
  • by Poor person on Apr 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM
    I'm not against judges, but the Bar has been focused, for the last few years, on poor peoples' access to justice. Now the state is asking that an additional fee of $40 dollars be paid on filing fees, which are already expensive. Poor people and others will now have even more of an impediment to filing civil cases in court. At a time when every citizen is struggling in this tough economy it is somewhat unjust for judges to be getting raises on the backs of the public. Why couldn't the raises be funded from the general fund? So much for poor peoples' access to justice, and the price of justice period for that fact has just gone up. Now was not the time. Many Mississipians live on far less that $100K. Judges should not be in it for the money. Many go on to private practice and have very lucrative careers. They ran for public office and that what it is, a public service and they ask to be public servants.
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