The prospects have improved for a small increase in federal judges' paychecks -- but maybe only for the near term. House members voted this week on a $410 billion spending plan that includes a cost-of-living adjustment for the federal judiciary for the 2009 calendar year. According to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the proposal would give judges a 2.8 percent increase retroactive to January. But judges probably shouldn't expect much next year, if another House vote is any indication.
Federal Judges Might Get Pay Bump This Year, but Not Next Year
February 27, 2009