Shirley Abrahamson

MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Supreme Court is asking state lawmakers to rescind the 2 percent raises that judges were scheduled to receive next month.

The move would affect 262 circuit and appeals court judges and the seven justices on the state Supreme Court.

The high court is asking the Office of State Employment Relations to recommend the pay change to the Legislature's Joint Committee on Employment Relations.

Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, who was recently reelected, said the judicial branch is joining other parts of state government to help plug the state's projected $6.6 billion budget shortfall.

"As a separate and equal branch of government, the judiciary joins with the legislative and executive branches in efforts to eliminate the state's financial deficit," said Abrahamson who has been on the state Supreme Court for 33 years.

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