- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine has the nation’s lowest salary for a governor and a lawmaker says it’s time to boost it.

Republican Rep. Bradlee Farrin is sponsoring a bill to raise the governor’s salary from $70,000 to $150,000. The raise would start January 2019, so it wouldn’t apply to Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

The bill is set for a public hearing Wednesday morning.

Farrin says Maine’s chief executive is responsible for a more than $6 billion two-year budget and should be compensated accordingly. The lawmaker says the average salary nationwide is about $140,000.

Other statehouse staffers make more than the governor, and Farrin says it’s time to bring Maine into the twentieth century.

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