Lawmaker Pay Raise Progress 13 Mar 13

A decision about pay raises for top Minnesota officials, including state lawmakers, now rests with the Legislature. The appointed Compensation Council voted Monday night for a package of proposed pay hikes for the governor, legislators, judges and state agency heads. The raises would be the first for the governor and legislators since the 1990s. Lawmakers have been reluctant in past years to embrace similar pay proposals, but legislative leaders and Governor Dayton are leaving the door open this time. The recommendations call for the governor’s $120,000 a year wage to rise by 3% in 2015 and 2016, and lawmakers annual pay would go from about $31,000 to roughly $42,000 in that time frame. Agency heads would be able to make more than the governor, and judges would get regular 4% raises beginning in July.