Economist Hired To Study Louisiana Judges' Salaries

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana's Judicial Compensation Commission has hired an economist to compare judges' salaries in this state to their colleagues in other states.

         The commission meets annually to make recommendations to the Legislature on how Louisiana judges' pay should be adjusted to keep pace with other states.

         Louisiana judges are receiving yearly 2.1 percent pay increases each July 1 through 2017, under a five-year plan adopted by lawmakers in 2013.

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         The Advocate’s Marsha Shuler reports the commission didn't recommend additional pay hikes last year. Sen. Danny Martiny, a Republican who chairs the commission, said the recommendation could again be to maintain the status quo.

         Economist Loren Scott, hired Monday, will be paid $20,000 to update judicial compensation data. Judges' associations have agreed to cover the cost.

         The commission will meet again Jan. 4.

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