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Judge’s Salaries

Utah Supreme Court Justices are requesting more money. Apparently there is a vacancy in the 7th district that has attracted on five applicants, short four from the state’s mandate of nine applications being received before proceeding in the hiring process.

In today’s Deseret News:

In her annual State of the Judiciary address to the Utah Legislature, Chief Justice Christine M. Durham said more and more of Utah’s attorneys seem disinterested in becoming judges, mainly because the pay is so much less than what they can make in the private sector and even less than legal positions within Utah’s government. “I know that no one becomes a judge to get rich,” Durham said, “… but I am concerned about trends and morale.” Some 11 percent of district judgeships have turned over in the past two years and 35 percent of all Utah judges are eligible to retire in the next four years. Currently, district court judges make $114,004 while Court of Appeals judges are paid $120,100 and the five Supreme Court justices make $125,800 annually.
Historically, lawmakers have been reluctant to grant the raises asked by the courts. Last year, the Utah courts asked for a 7 percent increase and got 3 percent. The year before that, judges received a 1 percent boost.
This year, Durham said the courts are asking for an 11 percent raise.

This might not be an issue if the entire system were overhauled so that judges wouldn’t be working so much, inclusive of changing laws for non-violent crimes. Additionally – 11 percent???? Compared to the average workers pay in Utah, the current judge’s salary is wonderful! I can’t beleive that Utah would raise the salaries of government employees so much while, at the same time, arguing over what minimum wages should be for the average employee that keeps our economy going.

Priorities, people, priorities.

Minimum Wage

Today in the Salt Lake Tribune:
Rise in minimum wage OK’d by House–Utah representatives are divided along party lines; Senate plans tax breaks for businesses

According to this article, the U.S. House voted to raise the minimum wage to a meager $7.25/hour (remember, this is not a living wage and is actually what I consider a slave wage). But (scratching my head), Utah’s republican delegation voted against this. Rep. Bishop’s excuse is that by raising minimum wage, businesses won’t be able to hire workers and that will lead to more homelessness, blah, blah, blah.

Bull. That’s a front for big greedy businesses and corporations that want to hire people for poverty level wages so they can make more profit. I mean, after all, if they are required to all of a sudden increase wages, their profit margins will decrease.

If that were to happen, the big business owner might have to get rid of one of his SUV’s and perhaps his summer resort home. Oh the agony!

What about putting profit back into the business instead of reaping a huge amount of profit?

How about writing legislation like this:

If a business grosses up to $1 million it could reap up to 25% profit on its gross revenues, with a scale looking like this:
Between $1-$10 million, 20% profit
Between $10-$15 million, 15% profit
and up to where once a company got to $100 million, the profit could be at 5% – that’s still a lot of money.

The more the business grosses, the less the profit.

There are loopholes, like, for example, a corporation could open up 100 businesses to make the huge profits, but legislation could be written to outlaw that.

Federal maximum wage laws should also be put into effect so that corporate CEO’s can’t be getting 50-60 times more than the average worker. That’s criminal and there should be a law against that.

The current bill to raise the wages is still not good enough. The proposed legislation calls for this increase to be phased in over two years. It’s been ten years since the last increase (which went to $5.15/hour and has remained there). Even at the current proposed wage, the average worker still needs to have two jobs to survive. With inflation, soon it will be three jobs.

The entire wage system needs to be revamped nationwide so that the average worker can make a comfortable living with one job and the corporate hogs don’t continue to exploit the workers so they can have most of the wealth.