Once again this year the Mississippi Legislature is considering a bill that will provide a raise to Mississippi state court judges. And once again, passage of the bill is far from certain. The Legislature’s failure to act on this issue is a head scratcher.

This document explains why Mississippi judges need a raise. Of note, Mississippi judges are the lowest paid in the nation by far. The low pay is causing many judges to leave the bench. 

So the hold-up must be that the State budget can’t afford the raise, right? Wrong. The proposed raised would be covered by filing fees in court cases. It will not cost tax payers anything. 

I honestly have no idea why this bill does not fly through the Legislature. It’s a no brainer. And the bill is supported by pretty much everyone.

So if everyone supports a bill, then the Legislature should pass it, right? Since they represent everyone and all. We’ll see.