Dayton Signs Bill Retracting Commissioner Raises for Now
ST. PAUL (AP) - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill temporarily slicing the paychecks of more than two dozen top state administrators.
Dayton signed the bill Thursday after it passed the Democratic-led Senate and the Republican-controlled House.
The measure erases raises Dayton gave his agency commissioners, cutting their pay between now and June 30. On July 1, Dayton could reinstate the raises at the same level or another rate he chooses - up to $165,000 per commissioner. But after that one day, he'll lose his power to make unilateral pay decisions and need legislative signoff.
Senate Republicans criticized the special provision that gives Dayton a single day to put new raises in place.
The pay issue is attached to a measure that provides emergency funding to a few cash-strapped agencies.