Morrow Explains Retro Pay 24 Aug 11

A state lawmaker from St. Peter is among the 18 Minnesota House members who declined their pay during the state government shutdown, but later opted for retroactive pay. District 23-A Representative Terry Morrow is one of the 11 Democrats, as well as 7 Republicans who accepted a paycheck for the period of time the government was shut down after initially claiming they would not accept their wages. Morrow says that he was using some of the money to cover his expenses to attend a legislative conference in Washington DC, and plans to return the rest to the state. Lawmakers were entitled to their salaries during the 20 day shutdown in July, but about a third of the 201-member legislature declined their pay.