ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill funding state courts and corrections including a pay increase for judges.

The Senate passed the judiciary finance bill on Tuesday by a bipartisan vote of 47-18. It adds 100 new chemical dependency beds in Minnesota prisons, boosts state funding for public defenders and includes money to beef up the state’s existing background checks on gun buyers.

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State Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and District Court judges would get 4-percent salary hikes in each of the next four years. That would raise district court judge pay from the current $129,000 a year to $151,000 a year by 2016. Minnesota judges have not had a pay increase since 2008 and backers say that makes it difficult to attract top candidates for judgeships.

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A House judiciary budget proposal awaits a floor vote in that chamber.

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