MN Senate Cuts Per Diem Payments By Michael McIntee | January 10, 2011 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on MN Senate Subscribe to MN Senate Follow this author In what even Republicans admit is a symbolic move, the Minnesota Senate Rules Committee voted to reduce per diem payments to Senators by $10 a day. The Committee also voted to eliminate out of state travel reimbursements for Senators and staff. Senator Tom Bakk voiced some concerns about the rule changes, noting that legislators have had only one 5% pay increase in the 18 years that he has been serving in the Senate. He also noted that the non-partisan training that staff receive at out of state conferences is very important. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.