Last Modified: Monday, June 03, 2013 5:18 PM
House lawmakers approved legislation that would give pay raises to state judges over five years.
With no debate, the vote was 79-16 in favor of Senate Bill 188 by Sen. Danny Martiny, R-Metairie. A House committee amended the legislation to tie in state sheriff’s pay with future increases to judges. It returns to the Senate for consideration.
Under the measure, Supreme Court justices who make more than $150,000 a year would get a 5.5 percent raise, or $8,000, effective July 1. Appeals court judges who make more than $143,000 would get a 3.7 percent raise, or $5,300. District court judges who make more than $137,000 a year would get a 4 percent raise, or $5,500.
After those raises, all of the state’s 372 state, city and parish judges would have their salaries boosted by 2.1 percent each year through 2017.
Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso said it has been about “six or seven years” since state sheriffs have received a pay raise. Meanwhile, he said his department has given “consistent raises” to deputies without having to cut its own budget.
“I know the state is having budget issues, but this money doesn’t come from the state,” he said. “So, I think that’s why it wasn’t an issue.”
Rep. Brett Geymann, R-Moss Bluff, was the only Southwest Louisiana lawmaker who opposed the measure. He said his vote was “strictly on financial reasons” and “not a reflection on the job the judges and sheriffs are doing.”
“The state has budget problems, and we have not increased funding to (Kindergarten-12th grade) education or given raises to state employees in years,” Geymann said.
Earlier in the day, House lawmakers rejected a constitutional amendment to get rid of the mandatory retirement age for judges.
Legislators voted 61-35 for SB 5 by Sen. Eric LaFleur, D-Ville Platte. The bill required 70 House votes for approval, and a motion to reconsider is pending.
Under the amendment, voters would decide whether to eliminate the mandatory retirement age of 70 for judges. Judges who turn 70 while in office can serve the rest of their term before having to retire. It would go before voters Nov. 4, 2014, or the next statewide election.
Posted By: bob On: 6/4/2013
Title: Did they not know
Did the judges and the sheriffs not know the salaries before they ever got in office........that is what i have heard said to teachers.....did you not know your salary before you became a teacher......well same for judges sheriffs and the rest of the greedy ones..........did you not know what a sheriff or a judge made before you ran for office.....i guess the big 150,000 salary is not enough to live on, plust the juicy retirement they get........sheriff mancuso showed his true colors when he mentioned he had not had a raise in 5 years.......neither has most other people but most of us make 3-4 times less than he......what a greedy liittle man
Posted By: little joe On: 6/4/2013
Title: why do rich need raises and not all need raises
why do those that make 6 figure salaries need raises and not those of us who make less than 40 thousand a year get 8 percent raises......and shame on sheriff mancuso......i guess his six figure salary is not enough......very selfish when the teachers and other state workers and mcneese workers have had no raise for 5-6 years but the ones making 150,00 get a whopping 8000 dollar raise.....actuallly this is disgusting but welcome to POLITICS in Louisiana...this is why we are at the bottom of everything.........and remember the one who is behind all of this.......JINDAL