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Reality Check: Lawmakers & Legislative Salary Council


RIGHTS TO ANY SOCCER GAMES IN THE STADIUM. THE TEAM IS PREPARED TO PROTECT THEIR LEGAL RIGHTS. MINNESOTA LAWMAKERS COULD BE GETTING A PAY RIGHT. THEY APPROVED A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT IN NOVEMBER SETTING UP A LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL TO DECIDE HOW MUCH LEGISLATORS SHOULD BE MADE. WE HAVE A REALITY CHECK. THEY EARN $31,000 A YEAR AND THEY HAVE NOT HAD A RAISE SINCE 1999. THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN POLITICAL SENSITIVE TO RAISING THEIR OWN PAY, BUT NOW, THEY DON’T HAVE TO. MINNESOTA LAWMAKERS WERE DESIGNATED PART-TIME IN THE STATE’S 158-YEAR-OLD CONSTITUTION, BUT OX CART TRAILS AND PLATOONS GAVE WAY TO A YEAR ROUND WORK LOAD AND AND BUDGET. ANYONE WHO THINKS IT’S A PART-TIME JOB DOESN’T FOLLOW THE SCHEDULE OF AN AVERAGE LEGISLATURE. THEY BELIEVE MINNESOTA LAWMAKERS SHOULD EARN A SALARY EQUAL TO THE STATE’S PER CAPITA INCOME, $52,000 AND THAT’S DOUBLE THE LAWMAKERS TAKE HOME NOW. A QUORUM IS PRESENT. NINE STATES PAY LAWMAKERS $50,000 OR MORE, CALIFORNIA IS THE HIGHEST AND SO DO UPPER MIDWEST STATES, WISCONSIN, ILLINOIS MICHIGAN AND OHIO. THERE ARE ONLY TEN STATE LEGISLATORS CONSIDERED FULL- TIME. MOST STATES ARE LIKE MINNESOTA, PART-TIME LAWMAKERS WHO WORK ABOUT TWO-THIRDS OF A FULL-TIME JOB, BUT DON’T EARN ENOUGH TO MAKE A LIVING. VOTERS APPROVED A OUTSIDE CITIZENS COUNCIL TO DECIDE MARCH 31ST WHAT LAWMAKERS SHOULD EARN. AND JUST LIKE THAT THE NEW PAY GOES INTO EFFECT JULY 1ST. SKEPTICS SAY IT TAKES AWAY THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR LAWMAKERS FROM DOING ITSELF. IT WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR THEM TO GET A SALARY INCREASE. WHETHER THEY DESERVE AN INCREASE IS A WHOLE DIFFERENT STORY ENTIRELY. THEY CAN BLAME SOMEONE ELSE, AND THERE WILL BE INSULATION FROM THEM. THEY’LL CONSIDER ALL OF THE DIFFERENT WAYS LAWMAKERS ARE COMPENSATED NOW, PER DAM, HOUSING MILEAGE AND OTHER PERKS, IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT IT WON’T WHEN THEY MAKE $31,000 A YEAR. IT LOOKS LIKE WE’RE ONE OF THE LOWEST IN THE REGION. IN THIS REGION YES. AND SO DO MOST OF THEM HAVE ANOTHER JOB? A LOT OF IT FOLKS HAVE OTHER JOBS, YOU CAN’T RAISE A FAMILY COMING FROM UPSTATE MINNESOTA TO MINNESOTA AND ST. PAUL RAISING A FAMILY ON $30,000,

One Comment

  1. AcidicMentality
    AcidicMentality December 31, 2016

    I… dont have a problem with this, i want my representative to focus on helping citizens not getting a second job

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