Minn. Lawmaker Who Got Retroactive Pay To Take Cut

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — One of the 18 Minnesota House members who got full retroactive pay after the state’s government shutdown is now planning to take a cut in a future paycheck, while two others say they already donated the money without publicizing their charity.

The House payroll office said late Monday that Rep. Peggy Scott, a Republican from Andover, asked for a salary reduction amounting to about $1,600 for the 20-day shutdown.

Rep. Joe Atkins, a Democrat from Inver Grove Heights, said Tuesday that he had already donated his shutdown pay to a high school scholarship before Monday’s list was released.

Richfield Democratic Rep. Linda Slocum said Tuesday she had previously donated her shutdown pay to a domestic abuse program.

Scott, Atkins and Slocum were among the lawmakers who initially declined to be paid during the shutdown but later accepted full back pay.

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  • Claire

    Small token but at least he did something. I can only hope the other 17 make the same choice. Time will tell who the real hipocrits are

    • MWS

      Do you mean she and hypocrite?

    • t p

      Tom Paine gave an entire years pay for revolutionary war funds.

      http://www.RightsOfMan.org. Words from the man who first said the words “United States of America”

  • Barry

    On the radio there was talk of all the state workers receiving pay for that period. Don’t know if it’s true or not but I would n’t be suprised if they didn’t get full pay, after all tha is what the taxpayers are for

    • MMM

      State workers will not get full pay for the shut down. They were laidoff and had no paycheck. Just a reminder, state workers are taxpayers too.

      • scott

        You are correct – our union signed an agreement with the state under fears that our vacation would be cashed out. No back pay ended up as part of this. The # of paychecks since we have been back to work – ONE, under 40hrs. We also have a contract to settle, yet nothing has been said. I also hope that these Minnesota House members who are donating their back pay to charity don’t claim it on their taxes at the end of the year.

      • Carl

        Paying taxes with money from the State isnt really “paying taxes” Thats like taking an advance on a credit card to make the minimum payment.

        • scott

          so are they claiming frequent flyer miles? FYI the military pays taxes too so are they also doing the minimun payment program that you are suggesting?

          • Todd W. Olson

            Really, Carl? Don’t you support our troops? What kind of American are you? I suggest that you remove that yellow ribbon decal from your truck.

  • Pavel

    To Barry: You are a very negative person. We need people who have positive things to say and make contributions to our situation. I recommend you get some therapy. It might make you feel better. We don’t need these constant rocks thrown at State of Minnesota workers. You make judgements and have little or no knowledge, nor do you avail yourself of information that would lead to some understanding of their work or responsibilities.

    PS. I am not a state worker, but I do appreciate what they do for us!

    • patty

      Who are you to say what a person can or can’t say? Who gives you that right? Barry has every right to voice his opinion without fear of critical comments such as yours…. And yippee for you appreciating state workers. Not everyone does, and not everyone has to.

  • Marjorie

    Why are so many people down on State Employees? Are you jealous? Who do you think provides you with drivers license renewals, hunting permits, gun permits, car transfers, and many, many, more services.
    The current Legislature. including Tea Partiers, and Right Wingers, caused this shutdown and it cost the State (all of us taxpaers) millions of dollars. None of them should have taken a dime in pay.

    • gdog

      You call those SERVICES??? Really? They are not services, they are just another way to force me to give the government more money.

      • Disgusted

        Because it’s all about you gdog.

    • Thewho

      It seems to me Marjorie that King Dayton could have passed a “lights on bill ” while negociating to avoid the shutdown!

    • Get out of my pocket

      All the permits, licenses and “many many more services” you mention are the creation of government to collect money from the citizens. PERIOD. Why would a business be required to have a license to purchase alcohol? Why does a busines need a License to sell alcohol? No inspections no nothing, just send in the money and get the license. What service did the state provide in this case? This shutdown clearly pointed out the need to have action taken to revamp an over-regulating government.

  • Thiefs of the public trust and public money.

    Bet they “donated” the money to themselves!

    Don’t re-elect any of these people!

  • Deb Jensen

    They money they “donated” to a charity of their choice was taxpayer money. The state workers did not get paid while this shutdown was in effect, so why did the legislators? None of them should have gotten paid, and all of them should be fired for failing the taxpayers of Minnesota. I know, they can’t be fired, but we sure don’t have to re-elect them!

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