A bill limiting severance payments for state employees making more than about 76 thousand dollars a year is moving forward after clearing a key committee in the Minnesota House. Brooklyn Park Democrat Michael Nelson says about the bill’s author, Plymouth Republican Sarah Anderson, “Some of it’s a little bit vindictive against this governor. I don’t know if she would be doing that if it had been [former] Governor [Tim] Pawlenty doing the same thing.” Anderson responds, “I’m just following the same guidelines that Governor Dayton set out when he was the state auditor. When he was the state auditor, he took cities like Duluth to task for doing this very same thing.”
Prompting the bill is what Republicans call excessive severance packages Governor Dayton gave to three of his commissioners last year.