December 12, 2012
AUGUSTA – Democratic leaders in the State Legislature today voted to set salaries for the Constitutional Officers, the Clerk of the House, and the Secretary of the Maine Senate at the incoming rate rather than the salary levels they earned prior to leaving state service in 2010. The vote was taken during a meeting of the Legislative Council, the administrative body of the State Legislature, which is comprised of six Democrats and four Republicans.
“After consultation with our members and in consideration of the ongoing news regarding our state’s fiscal outlook, we’ve determined it is appropriate and reasonable to set the salary levels at the incoming rate,” said Speaker Eves of North Berwick, who serves as chair of the council. “We’ve made this choice after extensive and thoughtful consideration. We are grateful to them for returning to state service and we will rely on their wisdom and experience as we move forward.”
The power of the Legislative Council to establish the salaries of the Constitutional Officers, the Clerk and Secretary was established at the Third Special Session of the 111th Legislature in September 1984.
"We are fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated group of people serving our state," said Senate President Justin Alfond of Portland. "We look forward to working together."
Jodi Quintero (Eves), 287.1307, m. 841-6279