Glendening doesn't want salary increase $120,000 is fair, governor says in letter

October 31, 1997|By Thomas W. Waldron | Thomas W. Waldron,SUN STAFF

Gov. Parris N. Glendening wants to make one thing perfectly clear -- he does not think the salary for the governor's office should be raised.

Yesterday, Glendening released a letter he sent last week to a commission studying whether to raise the salary of the office of governor after next year's election.

The office carries a salary of $120,000 a year.

The governor made his position known after enduring more than a week of critical editorials and news accounts that suggested he was advocating a raise for himself.

"Concerning the salaries of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, I believe the current compensation is fair and reasonable," Glendening wrote in an Oct. 23 letter to Baltimore attorney George Russell, the chairman of the Governor's Salary Commission.

In a procedure established in the Maryland Constitution, a commission meets in the year before a gubernatorial election and recommends salaries for statewide elected officials. The General Assembly can reduce the recommended salary but cannot increase it.

The new salary takes effect for the governor elected the next year.

Ellen R. Sauerbrey, the 1994 Republican nominee for governor who is running again, has said she would accept only the average salary for governors across the country and would return anything above that to the state treasury.

A spokesman for Glendening said the governor had not decided whether he would accept a larger salary if one were approved by the General Assembly and he won re-election.

Pub Date: 10/31/97

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