AUGUSTA — State officials say assessments paid by Maine employers to fund the workers’ compensation board are decreasing.

Gov. John Baldacci and the executive director of Maine Workers’ Compensation Board, Paul Dionne, said today that the board has approved the largest reduction in employers’ assessments since 1993.

Assessments that fund the agency have been reduced by nearly $3.5 million, to $7.35 million. The board was able to do that by a series of steps including a transfer of money from the rehabilitation fund, and salary savings from vacancies and shutdown days.

The reduction affects assessments that pay for the agency’s administration. They’re separate from those that pay for injured worker coverage.