Title

"Politics and Other Mistakes" piece on the salaries of Maine's state senators an

Authors

Al Diamon

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

12-17-1998

Pages

5

Abstract

"Politics and Other Mistakes" piece on the salaries of Maine's state senators and representatives. They last granted themselves a pay raise in the closing hours of the 1989 legislative session when then House Speaker John Martin put a 9.1 percent increase into a budget bill increasing legislative paychecks for a two-year term from $16,500 to $18,000. The author believes the rich, the retired and the young are the only ones who can afford to take the job, and proposes that the $1.1 million now spent each year on health insurance for legislators be used instead to increase the two-term salary to $30,000 in the interest of attracting more middle-income people with families.

Subjects

Legislators, State officials and employees -- Wages and salaries

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