Correction: Minnesota-Lawmaker Pay story
Jul. 21, 2017
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In the Story Summary of a July 20 story about lawmaker pay, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Minnesota state representatives currently make $45,000. Representatives' salary was scheduled to rise from $31,000 annually to $45,000, but the House speaker has blocked the raise from taking effect.
A corrected version of the Story Summary is below:
A pair of Minnesota lawmakers are suing the state House and Speaker Kurt Daudt to get a $14,000 raise. Minnesota voters put lawmakers' first raise in two decades in motion last year by approving a constitutional amendment that gave salary-setting power to an independent body. But Daudt blocked the raise for 134 House members. A Democrat and Republican joined to sue for the money on Thursday, saying the raise is overdue. The salary for state representatives was $31,000 before the raise.
Full story as it originally ran:
Republican and Democrat pair up to sue for $14K raise
A pair of Minnesota lawmakers is suing the state House and Speaker Kurt Daudt to get a new, $14,000 raise
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two Minnesota lawmakers are suing the state House and Speaker Kurt Daudt over the decision not to pay legislators a $14,000 raise.
Minnesota voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2016 that handed the power over lawmaker pay to an independent council. That body raised pay from $31,000 to $45,000 annually
State senators started receiving the higher pay earlier this month, but Daudt said he wouldn't pay to cover those higher salaries for 134 House members and blocked them.
Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/2ueu3cb) reports that a Republican and Democratic representative joined to challenge that decision Thursday. Republican Rep. Marion O'Neill says it's difficult to make ends meet on their current salary.
A Minnesota judge dismissed a previous lawsuit surrounding the pay issue, saying a lawmaker would need to sue.