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Gov. Dayton’s pay ranks 31st in the nation; Wisconsin’s Walker is 20th

A roundup by the Council of State Governments has Pennsylvania and New York at the top of the gubernatorial payroll.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s annual salary of $120,300 puts him 31st on the list of highest-paid governors in the nation, according to a roundup by the Council of State Governments.

The Forum newspapers ran a story about the rankings, noting that North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple will make $116,999 in 2013, making him 35th on the list.

The council numbers show Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 20th, with $144,423 per year.

The Forum story notes that the salary situation has evolved since 1980, when North Dakota Gov. Art Link was the nation’s lowest-paid governor, earning $27,500. Minnesota Gov. Al Quie made $62,000 that year, making him the eighth highest paid.

Top dollars these days go to governors in Pennsylvania and New York.

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Pennsylvania Gov.  Tom Corbett is authorized to get the top amount, $187,256 but has refused three cost-of-living raises so he actually receives about $175,000. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a $179,000 per year salary.

Lowest-paid governors are Maine Gov. Paul LePage, $70,000, and  Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, $86,890.