Maine lawmakers approve lower pay for appointees

5:41 PM, Dec 12, 2012   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Democratic legislative leaders have agreed to pay lower salaries to three political appointees who previously held the same jobs.

The Legislative Council, which has six Democrats and four Republicans, approved salary levels Wednesday for the state treasurer, secretary of state, attorney general, state auditor, clerk of the House and secretary of the Senate.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, Attorney General Nancy Mills and House Clerk Millie MacFarland will be paid at incoming salary levels, rather than the salaries they were getting in in 2010 before Republicans took control of the Legislature.

Republicans had questioned whether the three should receive their previous higher salaries given the state's financial troubles.

Democrats on Wednesday agreed, saying it's appropriate to pay them at incoming rates in light of the state's fiscal outlook.

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