BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Heritage Policy Center has posted the data of state employee salaries between 1997 and 2010 on it's website.
The report shows that the state payroll grew 60 percent. At the same time payroll growth in the private sector only grew 52 percent.
The report also found that in 1997 only 176 state employees made more than $75,000, but in 2010 that number was 2,084.
"Taxpayers have a right to know how much public employees are being paid and what we have heard from government, employees, taxpayers, and even from folks within the state employees union is that they appreciate this information because you know individuals are being treated fairly," said Tarren Bragdon, CEO of the Maine Heritage Policy Center.