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Oregon Judges Lobby Legislature For More Pay, Pension Increases


In this Jan. 9, 2017, file photo, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown delivers her inaugural speech to Oregon legislators in the Capitol House chambers in Salem, Oregon. A contingent of state judges visited the Oregon Capitol during the week of Feb. 13 to lobby for higher pay and bigger pension payouts.

In this Jan. 9, 2017, file photo, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown delivers her inaugural speech to Oregon legislators in the Capitol House chambers in Salem, Oregon. A contingent of state judges visited the Oregon Capitol during the week of Feb. 13 to lobby for higher pay and bigger pension payouts.

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A contingent of Oregon’s roughly 200 state judges visited the state Capitol this week on what has become a familiar quest: more pay and, indirectly, bigger pensions.

Since 2014, lawmakers have given elected state judges raises of between 17.4 percent and 18.6 percent, depending on the court they work in.

The Legislature has given judges three separate raises of $5,000 a year. And, in 2015, lawmakers also agreed to automatically give all judges the same annual cost-of-living raises that non-union state managers get into the future, usually 2 to 3 percent a year.

Today, a Supreme Court judge makes $147,560 a year, an appeals court judge $144,536, and a circuit court judge $135,776.

Read more at The Register-Guard.

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