ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The new Republican legislative majorities are tightening up on their own members’ costs, including daily expense payments for senators and housing allowances for representatives.

The House Rules Committee on Monday reduced the maximum housing allowance by 25 percent to $21,600 over the two-year legislative session.

The lodging allowance now equates to $900 a month instead of $1,200 a month. It’s offered to members who live at least 50 miles from the Capitol.

Earlier Monday, a Senate rules panel approved a $10 cut in daily expense payments, a 10 percent reduction. Senators can now claim $86 a day instead of $96.

Minnesota faces a $6.2 billion deficit over the next two years.

The base salary for state legislators is $31,140, plus allowances for daily living expenses, lodging, mileage and telecommunications.

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Comments (13)
  1. Dollar Bill says:

    A 10 Dollar cot inPer diem boy their really putting on a good show. Republicans must be really serous inn cutting expenses.

  2. Sea Sick Steve says:

    Really? $86 dollars a day to eat? Your kidding right? Good God….pack a lunch like the real world! The perdiem should be set at zero! Elect self centered morons…expect self centered morons….

  3. give peas a chance says:

    Sea Sick Steve, why insult people to get your point across? Take legislators to task for the per diem but name calling is juvenile and…..moronic. BTW, please learn how to spell before you start calling other people morons.

  4. Sue says:

    What they don’t tell you is that they get something like $14,000 for living expenses a year and they think that they are really making a sacrifice by cutting ten dollars from there perdiem which went up 30 dollars from 2007 but only down 10.
    That ought it add up for the budget deficit.

  5. frustrated voter says:

    There are alot of people that make alot less a year than $31,000 and are expected to live self sufficiently. These are the people they are thinking of cutting so if they cut those individuals, it is only ethical to seriously cut their own benefits. Not just make a symbol, make a statement.

  6. The Watcher says:

    So cut the (Democrats) Senators spending…and how much are we cutting from the (Republicans) House? What a joke…and what is $10 really going to do…this is where we strart? Those things…Republicans are BACKWARDS…in more ways than 1.

  7. Todd says:

    They should cut it in half. Though he can’t spell, Sea Sick Steve has a point, pack a lunch like the rest of the world. I haven’t seen a raise in 3 years but plenty of cuts in health insurance, dental, vacation and I get to pay more for the less coverage out of my already hurting check. Don’t get me wrong, I am glad I have a job, but I think our rep’s could “cut” back a lot more on their own expenses.

  8. Ten Dollars says:

    Only cut ten dollars? Grades for the republicans so far, E: for effort. C: for comical.

  9. kelpgrinder says:

    @The Watcher: Both the Minnesota House and Senate are Republican controlled. Please try to keep up.

  10. Brad Robinson says:

    As I understand it, a number of legislators rent (and share) apartment residences away in the capitol area. I think that, plus travel expenses, are okay for reimbursement. I think they should be submitted for reimbursement and reviewed the way any business or agency does. Reimbursement for representing us is fair, but it should be monitored and justified.

  11. john says:

    I am Impressed as the public is out of work and we have people on welfare and we have politicians worrying about a 10.00 cut, then we should let them have it I guess they need it more then us. I am so ashamed!!! to have a Government that needs that much for lunch when I cant afford 2.00 for lunch.

  12. john says:

    Don’t forget that we have a Governor that hides his money in South Dakota so he don’t have to pay these ridicules taxes us Minnesotans have to pay! I do not understand why anyone voted for this fraud that wont pay our taxes here but wants to ask the other rich to pay when he and his family wont pay Minnesota taxes. who voted for him are idiots that’s all i can say. they should cut there lunch money to 20.00 day and that’s even more then they need. Mcdonald lunches are only 5.00 at most and if they want there is the dollar menue too can have lunch for 3 dollars easy.

  13. jeff says:

    I can make $84 last 2 weeks in a family of 3 for food. Gas for 2 cars $100 for a week. They are out of touch. I would rather see them have issued credit cards and see where they are spending all this money. If they need cash submit a expense report like the rest of the world in the private sector. Learn from business, stop wasting my money.

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