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Senate OK’s pay raise for judges

Salaries for the state’s judges would climb by $30,000 during the next three years under a measure that won legislative approval this week with ­little fanfare.

Supporters said the increase, which the state Senate approved Thursday following earlier backing by the House, takes aim at longstanding concerns that the salaries of Massachusetts judges trail their counterparts in other states. But critics described the raises as excessive, given tax increases that political leaders are proposing.

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