Governor Signals Pay Raises are Coming for Dept. Heads
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The one-day window for Gov. Mark Dayton to raise the pay of state agency commissioners arrives on Wednesday.
Dayton signaled Monday he will raise salaries as a tool to attract and retain top-notch managers. But he doesn't plan to approve the maximum pay in most cases.
As part of a compromise to roll back earlier cabinet raises, the Legislature allowed Dayton to unilaterally set commissioner pay on July 1. But lawmakers subjected future commissioner salary decisions to legislative approval.
In a letter Monday, Republican Rep. Sarah Anderson urged Dayton to reconsider the raises she argues are out of line with take-home pay for most families.
The earlier double-digit raises would have brought some salaries above $150,000. Most commissioners earn less than $120,000.
Dayton says the higher pay levels are in line with rising local government salaries and executive branch pay in other states.