Under 2008-09 budget, nine of the 10 statewide elected officials — including lieutenant governor, attorney general and state treasurer — are paid $123,198 a year. The governor is paid about 13 percent more, or $139,590.
Department heads appointed by the governor— such as the secretaries of Transportation and Correction — make a maximum of $120,363 under the current budget. The exception is the current secretary of Cultural Resources, Libba Evans.
Because she was on unpaid leave when the raises were instituted in July, her salary remains at the previous level of $117,142, said chief deputy secretary Staci Meyer. She said that discrepancy should be rectified when Evans returns or a new appointee takes over.
The budget wording appears to give some more leeway to the governor to set the pay of appointees, noting that the amounts listed are the "maximum annual salaries," while the Council of State positions are described as "the annual salaries."
Previously: Cabinet officials have bigger budgets than Council of State.