Republican Speaker Kurt Daudt says the Minnesota House will *not* fund a 45-percent pay raise for lawmakers that a special commission approved last week. Daudt asks, “Do we fund these salaries for ourselves, when Minnesota families aren’t seeing that sort of an increase in their own salaries or family budgets? …Our priority needs to be on Minnesota families.” But fellow Republican, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka responds the pay raises must take effect, because voters last fall approved a constitutional amendment giving jurisdiction over lawmakers’ salaries to a special commission. Gazelka says, “That’s what the constitution directs. I don’t know how you can possibly get around that. Even if you say, I’m not gonna accept it, come July 1 I believe the courts are gonna say, you must do this ’cause this is what the constitution says.”
Daudt’s opponents say his move is to garner favor with voters if he decides to run for governor.