Ohio justice pushes annual pay raises for judges

COLUMBUS (AP) — The chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court is promoting annual cost-of-living increases for judges as a way of keeping judges on the bench and making the profession attractive to new candidates.

Maureen O’Connor says choosing a career in public service shouldn’t mean being saddled with a stagnant salary, with judges now going without a raise since 2008.

O’Connor said Thursday in her annual state of the judiciary speech that modest, annual cost-of-living increases that keep pace with inflation aren’t too much to ask.

O’Connor says that without competitive salaries sitting judges will move to private practice and potential judges won’t ever consider the job.

Ohio law determines elected officials’ pay, which can only be increased by lawmakers.

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