A judge has dismissed a lawsuit asking him to order the legislature to fund pay raises for state legislators which were approved by a special commission that voters authorized in a constitutional amendment last fall. The judge said the plaintiffs don’t have legal standing but Republican leaders expect another lawsuit and Speaker Kurt Daudt says the House won’t fund pay raises unless a court orders it. He says Democrats wouldn’t put up any votes for a pay increase: “They feel they want to use this in a campaign, so it’s not fair to ask me or my members to vote to raise our own pay.”
A different view from Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka who says, “I don’t know how you can say I’m not going to when the constitution directs it, and this would be another one of those situations that to me is very clear-cut. The Senate never questioned it.” But any backlash in the voting booth against a pay raise probably wouldn’t affect senators, because they’re not up for re-election until 2020.