LePage says he’s open to paying more for his pension

Posted April 03, 2011, at 10:25 a.m.
Last modified April 04, 2011, at 8:19 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who is asking thousands of state workers to pay a larger share of their pension contributions, says he’s willing to boost his own contribution as well.

The Republican governor’s spokesman, Dan Demeritt, tells Maine Today Media newspapers that LePage would absolutely accept an increase in the pension contribution for chief executives if lawmakers add that provision to the two-year budget that’s under review.  

Demeritt says LePage also would be open to requiring lawmakers and judges to pay more.

LePage’s $6.1 billion, two-year budget seeks to save money by requiring 12,000 state workers and teachers in the state retirement plan to increase their contribution to the system from 7.65 percent to 9.65 percent of their pay.

LePage’s original proposal didn’t include him or judges.