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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-14-14

Wild Season is over. Hear recaps with Sid and Mike Max. Click the link above to head to the PODCAST PAGE.

05/14/2014

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Reality Check: Lawmakers Getting Paid Over Spring Break?

Minnesota lawmakers haven’t had a pay hike since 1999. But they can boost their take-home pay with per diem — up to $76 per day in the Minnesota House, and up to $86 a day in the Minnesota Senate.

04/16/2014

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Minnesota Minimum Wage Rise Nears Approval

The bill ushering in one of the nation’s highest minimum wages is hitting the Minnesota Senate floor and could reach Gov. Mark Dayton by week’s end.

04/09/2014

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Esme’s Blog: Government Shutdown Pain

Today I got an email from a furloughed federal employee from Lakeville, Minn., who, along with her co-workers, has not been able to collect unemployment because the state of Minnesota is demanding information from her employer, which she obviously can’t get because the government is shut down.

10/12/2013

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Nearly 700 State Workers Earn More Than $100K

There was a lot of debate at the Capitol this year about pay raises for Minnesota lawmakers. But a WCCO investigation found soaring salaries are actually going to state employees who work as staff members.

05/22/2013

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Minn. House Backs Nursing Home Pay Hike

The Minnesota House has voted to give nursing home workers in the state a 5-percent pay increase. The pay hike is included in a broader, $6 billion a year budget for health and human services programs that the House passed Friday night by a party-line vote of 73-61. It’s one of the biggest chunks of state spending and includes funding for services for the poor, elderly and disabled.

05/18/2013

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UnitedHealth CEO Compensation Up 4 Percent In 2012

UnitedHealth Group Inc. kept CEO Stephen J. Hemsley’s salary stable in 2012 but bumped up his total compensation for a year in which the nation’s largest health insurer grew earnings and enrollment and launched a major acquisition.

04/25/2013

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House Court Funding Bill Ups Pay For Minn. Judges

A Minnesota House budget for the state court system includes salary increases for the state’s judges and travel and lodging reimbursements for state Court of Appeals judges who live in greater Minnesota.

04/19/2013

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Minn. Senate Judiciary Budget Has Higher Judge Pay

The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill funding state courts and corrections including a pay increase for judges.

04/16/2013

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Plan To Boost Lawmaker Pay In Minn. Budget Bill

Minnesota lawmakers would get their first pay boosts since the late 1990s under a budget proposal rolled out Tuesday in the Senate that also includes salary increases for the governor and top agency leaders.

04/09/2013

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Tussle Over Staff Pay Sours Minn. Session Start

A tussle over pay cuts for Senate Republican staff members has caused an early rift in a legislative session where harmony was the goal.

01/10/2013

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Reality Check: Minn. Legislature Boosts Pay Out Of Public Eye

New numbers from the Minnesota legislature show state lawmakers paid themselves more than a $1 million last year in per diem payments — out of the public eye.

01/07/2013

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State Wants Its Cut Of Fair-Goers Parking On Lawns

The Minnesota State Fair might be over, but the state is still fighting to collect a specific parking tax.

10/26/2012

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Good Question: Do You Work For Free On Leap Day?

Every four years, like magic, we get an extra day — 366 days, for the price of 365. But is that bonus year really a bonus? Do people on salary work an extra day for free?

03/01/2012

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Minn. Finds Money For Honor Guards At Vet Funerals

The American Legion and other service organizations are looking for funding alternatives after learning the state will no longer pay for honor guards at veterans’ funerals.

08/31/2011

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