Governor Mark Dayton says Minnesota lawmakers don’t get paid enough. The governor is supporting a recommendation from the State Compensation Council to raise lawmaker pay in 2015.
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.
Minnesota lawmakers earn about $30,000 a year, and they haven’t had a pay hike since 1989. However, they’re able to raise their own salaries by taking daily expense payments called “per diem,” which is a kind of back-door pay hike out of public view.