This is in response to two letters that appeared in the Sun Journal; one from Susan Lea (April 5) and another from Jan Collins (April 12). They were incorrect in their conclusion about retirement benefits that would be available to Gov. LePage, and former governors as well, if proposed legislation passes.

The proposed bill includes an amendment that changes the retirement provision so that Gov. LePage will not see any personal financial benefit from the salary change.

The bill is in accordance with Article V of the Maine Constitution, compensation for the governor shall not be increased or diminished during a governor’s continuance in office.

If this bill passes, because Gov. LePage is past the age of 60, his retirement benefit will be calculated based on his salary on his last day in office. Also, since no living retired governor is under age 60, no living former governor will receive increased compensation.

Julie Rabinowitz, press secretary, Office of Gov. Paul LePage

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