By Karrie Leggett
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The bill to increase the state's 150 judge's pay by 38% failed Thursday.
The House of Representatives fell a dozen votes short of passing legislation that would have given judges a pay increase.
The salary bump would have been paid for by filing fee increases up to $40. The state's Chief Justice, Bill Waller, Jr. is the lowest paid justice in the United States with a salary of $115,00.
Associate judges would have seen a hike from $105,000 to $144,000. Senator Joey Fillingane says those who are against the bill should take into consideration that judges only get raises every few years.
"People say wow, that is a really large pay increase , but if you look at the time frame that that pay increase has got to cover nearly twenty years. If you just do a two percent cost of living adjustment over a twenty year period that is a 40 percent pay differential. So, once you spread it out it doesn't look nearly as big as it does when you just looking at it on paper," said Fillingane.