AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – The Maine Legislature has overturned Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill that allows retired teachers who return to work to get paid in full.
The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 29-5 to override the Republican governor’s veto Thursday, following the same action in the House earlier this week.
The bill allows teachers who go back to work after they retire to get 100 percent of their pay for five years and 75 percent for the five years after that.
Currently, wages for retired state workers and teachers are reduced to 75 percent so that people aren’t taking home both a full salary and a pension.
Supporters of the bill say the current law makes it difficult to attract experienced teachers to schools that need them, especially those in rural areas.