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Commission recommends pay raise for judges, school superintendent

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:05 am |
February 1, 2013 9:17 am

A proposal announced today by the Washington Citizen’s Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials would freeze salaries for the next two years for all state lawmakers, the governor and several other elected officials.

State schools chief Randy Dorn
State schools chief Randy Dorn

But the voter-created group calls for raises in 2013 and 2014 for the state superintendent of public instruction — currently Randy Dorn – and for judges all the way from local district courts up to the state Supreme Court — first a 2 percent bump, then 3 percent. Dorn’s pay would rise to $127,772 while Supreme Court justices would make $172,531.

It also wants a more modest pay increase of 2 percent for the state insurance and public lands commissioners.

It would be the first raise approved for any of those officials since the start of the economic downturn. (Historical chart here). Indeed, in 2011 many elected officials including Dorn gave up 3 percent of their pay voluntarily to match the cut taken by state workers.

Here’s the proposal, which will be considered for final approval May 22.

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