Minnesota Lawmakers Claim More Than $3.2 Million In Per Diem Pay Over Course Of PandemicThe pandemic upended so much of daily routines, and the Minnesota legislature was no exception, with remote work defining much of regular and special sessions that lasted 17 months straight.
Reality Check: The ‘Per Diem’ Perks Of Minnesota LawmakersMinnesota lawmakers get a back-door pay hike every year that taxpayers don't see, in the form of automatic daily expense payments called “per diem.” No receipts, no questions asked.
At State Capitol, Lawmakers' Per Diem Expenses Add UpMembers of the Minnesota House and Senate racked up almost $2 million dollars in extra pay last year -- over and above their legislative salaries.
WCCO Investigates DHS Court Monitor's $1M Bill To Minn. TaxpayersFederal Judge Donovan Frank appointed Court Monitor David Ferleger to make sure Minnesota follows orders to fix serious abuses of disabled patients. And he acts as a court-appointed consultant, making sure the state keeps a promise to reform Minnesota's sex offender treatment program.
Reality Check: Legislative Pay RaisesGovernor 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.
Reality Check: Minn. Legislature Boosts Pay Out Of Public EyeNew 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.
Reality Check: Minnesota Lawmakers' Per DiemMinnesota 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.