State Rep. Tom Emmer has been careful not to release many details of his plan to cut state spending — a big part of his gubernatorial agenda that is to be revealed more fully at a later date — but he did give the St. Cloud Times newspaper one tidbit on Thursday.
He said he’d like to cut benefits and per diems for elected officials, the paper said.
Perks for constitutional officers and legislators include health insurance, pensions and per diems — extra payments for attending meetings and other events — and just encourage the trend toward career politicians, Emmer told the paper.
“People seek to serve, and once they get elected, it’s too good a gig to give up,” Emmer said.
But otherwise the paper couldn’t get him to commit yet on which big cuts he’ll use to redesign government and whittle the state deficit. He’s still researching the issue and it “could be months” before he reveals the details of balancing the budget, the paper said.
Emmer hinted to the paper that there “there might be some overlap” between Minnesota’s 87 counties and 339 independent school districts. But when asked which jurisdictions might be combined, he said:
“You’re not gonna get me to go there.”