Minnesota Senate Rules Committee Approves Staff Salary Raises

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Minnesota Senate staffers can look forward to more money in their paycheck. The Senate Rules committee Tuesday approved a three percent salary increase for staff in 2015 and another three percent increase in 2016. In addition, staffers will get a one time lump sum payment of $1,500. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says the lump sum payment is to partially make up for many years of pay freezes.

Prior to approving the increase, the rules committee reviewed a National Conference of State Legislatures study of staff pay that found Minnesota’s pay scale is “competitive”, but pay to Senate staff lagged behind the pay to House staff.

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  1. Why? When the MN House & Senate are approving cuts to MNCare and other programs for the indigent? Just WHO is more important these days? The poor or the politicians?