Minnesota Senate Rules Committee Approves Staff Salary Raises By Video by Bill Sorem, text by Michael McIntee | July 28, 2015 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Minnesota Subscribe to Minnesota Sen Tom Bakk chairs Senate Rules Committee 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. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.