Former Lawmakers Differ On Pay Increase
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Even former Minnesota lawmakers can't agree on whether
their old colleagues should make more money.
A newly created citizen commission is weighing whether to raise pay for state
legislators for the first time in nearly two decades.
Several former lawmakers said Friday that the stress of juggling a legislative
seat with another job is pushing away elected officials.
They're currently paid about $32,000. Former Democratic House Speaker Margaret
Anderson Kelliher says the demands of the job warrant about twice that. She says
the state could drop daily expense payments to lawmakers.
Former Republican Senate Minority Leader David Hann says the current pay is
plenty for a part-time job.