WINONA, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota lawmaker wants to end a state program that fines municipalities for pay inequities based on gender.

Republican Rep. Steve Drazkowski says the program is outdated and burdensome for local governments. It requires municipalities and counties to file a report on basic salary information every three years. The state fines municipalities for serious inequities in pay.

The Winona Daily News reports that in the past 14 years, 96 penalities have generated more than $1.2 million in restitution to about 1,300 employees. Drazkowski says equal pay is already protected under state and federal law.

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Comments (13)
  1. jon says:

    If this program is the reason those 1,300 people got the money they deserved then I think it is doing it’s job. Without it they would have nothing. I wonder what company this Minnesota lawmaker owns.

  2. dunnski57 says:

    Equal pay for equal work – sure sounds like Communism to a Conservative!!

    1. Frank says:

      Redbaiting doesn’t make you look very American because this country is about equality for all. It’s very unpatriotic for a conservative. Wise-up!

  3. tiredandretired says:

    The program is accomplishing what was intended at its inception. Why drop it, unless you want less compliance with the law? I guess workers’ rights don’t count?

  4. scott says:

    He must think that cities will spend the extra money on new jobs like so many others from the GOP. Amazing that such thinking goes on in the world today. Do they all think we are stupid??

  5. George says:

    The Republican Party is not a friend to the American Middleclass. They support greedy corporations and the ultra rich. Everyone knows that.

  6. David says:

    The GOP is only interested in protecting business and the top 2% wage earners. The rest of us can go spin. What’s new – get over it.

  7. JD FROM ALA says:

    If federal and state laws HAD done the job for the last 14 years, the municipalities and counties would NOT have had to pay 96 employees $1.2 million, would they!!!

  8. Eric says:

    JD, I believe that was for 1300 employees, not just 96. There were 96 penalties involved in this. But you are spot on in what you say. The municipalities wrote their own ticket when they failed to follow the law.

  9. Patty says:

    If its protected, then why is it still happening? Are you just afriad that women will make as much as you.

  10. Frank says:

    Ask a Republican. I don’t see it as a threat. It just proves that they care more about corporations than the average working class.

  11. Victim Du Jour says:

    We spend billions appeasing people who like feeling like victims.

    Why not have a womens magazine rate employers like a fortune 500 rating instead.

    Laws always end up getting abused by lazy people.

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