Just over a year ago Minnesota legislators received a hefty pay increase raising their pay from $31,100 to $45,000 not including per diems. The pay increase was determined by a newly created council that was created after Democrats sponsored a constitutional amendment to allow pay increases to be established outside of the regular legislative process.
The council is again proposing a pay increase for the legislators. The council has agreed and voted to give legislators an additional $1,500 making the base salary for a legislator $46,500.
Legislators also can collect daily per diem when they are in session to pay for additional expenses and even get reimbursements for lodging and mileage. Legislators are considered part-time employees however many legislators have complained that due to high demands from constituents make it hard to find additional work.
The Center for Public Integrity has highlighted some of the unexpected jobs state lawmakers have outside the office around the nation.
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