AUGUSTA — They make the laws in Maine but make less than the state’s minimum wage.
Currently, state legislators make around $12,000 a year.
Some lawmakers fear the low pay could lead to more and more people not serving in the legislature.
Rep. Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham, is sponsoring the bill to change that.
“It’s the very, very low pay. Not keeping up with the rate of inflation, which is not keeping up with the cost of living, which is really making it impossible for the vast majority of citizens of the state to serve in the citizen legislature,” he said.
If the bill is passed, lawmakers would earn the equivalent of someone making minimum wage at the rate of 2,000 hours per year. The pay change would become effective in 2025.