Eighteen more legislators get shutdown pay

During the dark days of the Minnesota Shutdown in July, about one-third of the state’s 201 legislators announced they would not take any pay during that 20-day stretch when thousands of state employees were out of work because the GOP majority in the Legislature could not agree with DFL Gov. Mark Dayton.

Now, 18 state representatives are taking a mulligan. They want their pay back, and they’re going to get it. It comes to about $1,600 each.

During the shutdown, 48 state representatives said they weren’t taking a paycheck; 14 state senators said they wouldn’t either. Those  Senators, though, didn’t have the option of going back to the well.

But state Representatives could change their minds, after the fact, and here’s the list of those 18 — 11 DFLers and 7 Republicans — who did, according to a list from state officials published by the St. Cloud Times:

  • Rep. Paul Anderson, R
  • Rep. Joe Atkins, DFL
  • Rep. Roger Crawford, R
  • Rep. Denise Dittrich, DFL
  • Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R
  • Rep. Pat Garofalo, R
  • Rep. Mindy Greiling, DFL
  • Rep. Sheldon Johnson, DFL
  • Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL
  • Rep. Carolyn Laine, DFL
  • Rep. Jenifer Loon, R
  • Rep. Terry Morrow, DFL
  • Rep. Joe Mullery, DFL
  • Rep. Kim Norton, DFL
  • Rep. Peggy Scott, R
  • Rep. Linda Slocum, DFL
  • Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R
  • Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL

The paper also says that Rep. Steve Gottwalt, r-St. Cloud, decided later not to take his pay.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Eric Ferguson on 08/23/2011 - 03:59 am.

    The Republicans can explain their actions. The DFLers didn’t get a say in whether the government would be shut down, so I don’t begrudge them a penny.

  2. Submitted by Diane Clare on 08/23/2011 - 09:30 am.

    Kind of a non-issue when they legislators are paid a monthly portion of an annual salary.
    More interesting, a look at per diem and mileage expenses paid out during Governor Dayton’s planned shutdown.

  3. Submitted by James Hamilton on 08/23/2011 - 10:09 am.

    My wife is a state employee, who stopped working July 1. We had a non-refundable vacation planned for the latter half of July. With the waiting week on unemployment and the fact that you can’t collect unemployment while on vacation (a completley reasonable rule), she collected 4 days of unemployment for the first two weeks of July and 5 days of vacation pay once state employees were called back to work. That’s about 7 days pay, total, for the month of July, a two-thirds loss of pay.

    I might add that although she wasn’t supposed to work while the state was shut down, she and others in her department did, simply because certain things had to be done. I imagine this wasn’t uncommon.

    There are thousands more in similar positions.

    Legislators who took or take pay for the shut down (while essentially doiing nothing) can look forward to some interesting challenges come the next election.

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