Boston police officers sued the city for money they did not receive under the Quinn Bill, which rewards officers with college degrees with higher pay. This suit could resonate throughout the state, making many other Massachusetts town reimburse their educated officers.
Due to budget cuts, the state stopped funding half of the program in 2009. Boston continued funding its half of the pay, but says the city is not obligated to compensate for the state’s half, according to the Boston Globe.
The Supreme Judicial Court will hear the lawsuit on Tuesday, in which the police will fight for the full amount promised by the bill. The Boston Globe reports that the officers will get almost $17 million if they win.