LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The co-chairman of the Joint Budget Committee has proposed reinstating a 2% pay raise for Arkansas judges and prosecutors that the Legislature had rejected earlier this year.
Democratic Sen. Larry Teague of Nashville on Tuesday proposed giving the state's judges and prosecutors a cost-of-living raise. The 2% raise had been in an initial version of the General Appropriation Act, but lawmakers took the pay increase out and said they would revisit the idea later.
The act sets the funding levels for the executive, judicial and legislative branches. The pay raises would cost an additional $662,339.
The proposal would also increase pay for the state's Supreme Court justices and appeals court judges. The salaries of the state's constitutional officers and legislators would remain flat.