Maine budget committee approves pay increases for governor and lawmakers
A proposal to increase the pay for Maine’s governor and lawmakers has cleared the appropriations committee and will be considered by the full Legislature
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A proposal in Maine to increase salaries for the governor and lawmakers cleared the appropriations committee and will be considered by the Legislature.
The bill would increase the governor’s annual salary from $70,000 to $125,000, which would align with the salaries of cabinet members and staff. Lawmakers would see their salaries grow from $25,000 to $45,000 for their two-year terms under a separate bill.
The current salary for Maine’s governor is the lowest in the country. The last time it was raised was in 1987.
Rep. Sawin Millett, R-Waterford, said the wage increases are “long overdue.”
Both proposals were endorsed by the Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee on Wednesday.
Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, wouldn’t see a wage increase in her tenure. The increase would take effect after she leaves office in 2028.