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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 th

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.