TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas court system is seeking a $20 million increase in state appropriations to improve the pay of judges and court employees, who are being paid less than peers in other states.
The request came Friday after two studies found that every job classification in the state’s judicial system was paid below market value, ranging from 4.6 percent to 22.2 percent.
One study from the National Center for State Courts found one-quarter of judicial branch employee positions earn starting salaries below the federal poverty level for a family of four. It also found that one-third of court employees work more than one job, a rate 24 percent higher than the state average.
Court employees have received only a 2 percent cost of living increase in the last eight years.