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Associated Press, Published September 16 2010

ND Attorney General Stenehjem's foe blasts steep pay increase

BISMARCK (AP) — The Democratic candidate for North Dakota attorney general says a big pay raise for the job represents a "breach of trust" with voters.

Jeanette Boechler (BEK'-luhr) says Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem's salary is going up more than 35 percent. The Legislature approved the pay rise after lawmakers found the attorney general is one of the lower-paid lawyers in state government.

Stenehjem says the increase won't take effect until next year — after the November election. The Republican incumbent says Boechler herself could collect the higher pay if she wins at the polls.

Stenehjem is now paid $96,304 annually. The attorney general is in line for two more pay raises in January and June. They will push the salary for the office to $130,228 on July 1.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.