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Mexico: Deputies Approve Bill Prohibiting Government Officials from Earning More Than the President

(Apr. 7, 2009) It was reported on March 31, 2009, that Mexico's Chamber of Deputies has approved a bill, entitled the Maximum Salaries Law, with 365 votes in favor, one opposed, and two abstentions. If enacted, the law will put an end to the excessive salaries of high-level public servants, who would not be able to earn more than the President of the Republic. For instance, while the President's salary is about 146,800 pesos per month (about US$10,600), the Governor of the State of Mexico earns 203,000 and the Governor of Aguascalientes 242,000 pesos per month, and it has been alleged that mayors in some municipalities of the State of Mexico also have larger salaries than the President. (David Agren, Chamber Gives Blessings to Maximum Salary Initiative, INDIVIDUAL.COM, Apr. 1, 2009, available at

The bill still has to be approved by the Senate; if passed, it will be sent to the state congresses for their respective approval. After having been approved by a simple majority of the state congresses, the legislation will be sent to the President of the Republic for promulgation. (Andrea Merlos & Juán Arvizu, Diputados Aprueban Ley de Salarios Máximos, EL UNIVERSAL, Mar. 31, 2009, available at