Speaker Changes, Allows Lawmakers To Get Pay Raise

Minnesota House members will get pay raises after all. House Speaker Kurt Daudt announced Friday night, July 21, that he will instruct House staffers to begin paying representatives $45,000 a year, matching what senators have been receiving. The decision came after two lawmakers sued him for not allowing the raises, which were ordered by an…
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Seniors Say Even Small Social Security Savings Worthwhile

Emmy Treichal says $201 more a year would mean a lot to her. “I would save it,” the 89-year-old St. Paul resident said. “I always have a project I am saving for.” That $201 will be the average amount of income taxes Social Security recipients in Minnesota will save under a new law that reduces…
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Chatter: Does New Mexico Ruling Give Hint To Minnesota Legislative Lawsuit?

Minnesota courts only need to look at New Mexico if judges want to avoid taking sides in a legislative lawsuit against the governor. In the southwestern state, the high court’s five justices said that time remained for lawmakers and the governor to  work out differences, sidestepping the issue. New Mexico leaders worked out a compromise…
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Dayton Signs Budget, But No Legislature Money

Minnesota state government has a budget, other than for the Legislature. Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the Legislature’s budget Tuesday, May 30, because of what he called “a reprehensible sneak attack, which shatters whatever trust we achieved during the session.” The action was a line tucked into one of the budget bills Dayton signed Tuesday that…
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Lawmakers Plan To Wrap Up Special Session After Protest

An overtime Minnesota legislative session provided an opening to protest the state budget as legislative leaders worked out plans to finish today. Hundreds gathered at the state Capitol Wednesday, May 24, delivering chants like “veto everything” because they do not like spending bills mostly written by Republicans. In many cases, the complaints were that the…
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