Gov. Mark Dayton issued an open letter to the Minnesota Legislature on Monday addressing his decision to give his cabinet members pay raises. Dayton said that it is “imperative to separate disagreements about the wisdom or necessity of my decisions — and they were my decisions — from questions about their legality.”
Majority Republicans in the Minnesota House say they will introduce legislation to take away the Governor’s authority to raise the pay of his cabinet.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is giving members of his Cabinet a big payday: They’re getting double-digit raises totalling tens of thousands of dollars.
Some Minnesota state employees stuck under a salary cap for 15 years may finally be in line for raises. Many of the state’s top jobs have been subject to a cap based on the governor’s pay. Many could get raises after the Legislature’s vote this year to increase salaries for the governor and agency commissioners for the first time since 1998.
The Minnesota Senate approved a major funding increase for the University of Minnesota and MnSCU systems on Wednesday.
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.