Minnesotan’s passed a Constitutional Amendment to establish a commission on legislative salaries, written with language say legislators should not set their own salaries. The commission is set to release its decision and they propose to raise the salary up 45% from 31,000 to $45,000. Legislative salaries have not been raised in eighteen years.
The Republican Senate majority appears willing to accept the increase, but they are not up for reelection until 2020. House Speaker Kurt Daudt (R-31A, Crown) has given indications his caucus is willing to forgo the salary increase. With the house, up for reelection in 2018, the political fallout from salary increase may have significant ramifications for house members especially for those in the majority, since they would be the ones to pass the legislation to accept the increases.
The independent commission has done its job, but politics is still in play.