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Alexander Hamilton
Judges' pay in Maryland ranks near the bottom nationally

The independent Judicial Compensation Commission recently reported its findings to the Maryland General Assembly, which presented them to the Senate and House of Delegates in the form of Joint Resolutions. Our state's judges have not received a raise since 2006, and our Circuit Court judges' pay, when ranked alongside that of their national peers and adjusted for the cost of living, ranks a pathetic 43rd in the nation. Just as we take understandable pride in the first-in-the-nation ranking of our state's educational system, we should be suitably embarrassed by the poor ranking of our judicial compensation — embarrassed not simply by the aforementioned statistic...