Governor LePage Submits Bill to Increase Compensation for Next Governor

March 21, 2018

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage has once again submitted a governor’s bill, LD 1878, to the Legislature to raise the salary for future governors of the State of Maine.

“The Governor of the State of Maine is the Chief Executive of our state, and the compensation for the office should be competitive to attract the best talent. Maine deserves a governor with executive leadership experience who is in the prime of their career,” said Governor LePage. “Leaders who would make excellent governors have told me they won’t consider running because of the pay cut. Competitive compensation is good public policy.”

“Now is the right time to address this, before Maine’s next Governor is elected. Raising the Governor’s salary to $150,000 starting next year would place Maine in the middle of the pack, just below the New England average for 2019 and slightly above the national average,” added the Governor.

This bill will have no effect on Governor LePage’s salary or retirement.

Within the same bill, Governor LePage also calls for increasing the meal and lodging allowance for legislators who must stay overnight in Augusta from $70 to $125.

“The current cap on lodging allowance is $38 per night, which is outdated,” said Governor LePage. “While serving as an elected official is meant to be an act of public service, we should not expect legislators who travel great distances to Augusta to represent their communities to have to dig into their own pockets to cover the costs of staying overnight rather than drive several hours back home each day.”