Judges May, In Effect, Get Raises

Judges in West Virginia will get a raise if a bill before the state Senate passes. The West Virginia Senate Finance Committee has advanced the bill, and now it goes before the full Senate. State judges have a pension system that is funded by employee and employer contributions, and because of better than expected fiscal returns, the judges' pension plan is overfunded. The proposed bill would decrease the amount that judges pay into the plan from 10.5 to 7 percent in the next fiscal year, giving them more take-home pay. After that, the percentage would be determined by the actuary who governs the pension fund. Senate Majority Leader John Unger said the change would mean an increase in judges' pay of $4,160 per year.