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The Minnesota Compensation Council has recommended pay increases for future state legislators and other public servants. Even though the council has made recommendations in previous years, lawmakers' pay hasn’t been increased since the 1990s.

Panel recommends increased pay for lawmakers

Minnesota State Capitol (Courtesy: Minnesota Historical Society)

The Minnesota Compensation Council has recommended pay increases for future state legislators and other public servants. Even though the council has made recommendations in previous years, lawmakers’ pay hasn’t been increased since the 1990s.

The report and recommendations from the council, which were approved Monday night, note that legislators have less time to devote to a second job due to the increasing demands of being a legislator. Legislator salary since the 1990s has been $31,000.

“We think that salaries of legislators should be high enough so that potential candidates for these policy-making positions are not deterred by loss of income from running for office. Otherwise, we face the prospect of a Legislature that is not representative of Minnesota’s citizenry,” the report said.

The report recommends legislators’ salary be 33 percent of the governor’s salary. The governor currently makes $120,000 a year. But the report calls for the governor’s salary to be increased by 3 percent in both 2015 and 2016.

Certain state agency heads would be able to make more than the governor and have their salaries adjusted for inflation. The recommendations also include pay increases for judges.

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