GOP Revives Cuts to Commissioner Pay, Campaign Subsidies
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - House Republicans are reviving some controversial measures to trim the costs of state government.
A state agency funding budget released Thursday aims to suspend a public campaign subsidy program furnished by income tax check-offs as the November election approaches. It also would cut agency commissioner salaries by 5 percent for the next three years.
It's a second act in last year's budget-setting drama that stirred up trouble. A dispute over Gov. Mark Dayton's move to increase commissioner pay lasted months. And Democrats rejected a GOP-led move to axe the public campaign subsidies.
Those cuts allow House Republicans to make some spending increases on education and Internet development while devoting a $900 million surplus to tax relief and a transportation package.