State leaders will get paid even in government shutdown

Published 5:13 pm Saturday, June 18, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS — Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton says he won’t take a salary if the state government shuts down, and said it would be “terribly wrong” for him or any Republican legislators to collect a paycheck while other state employees were denied their own.

The GOP-controlled House has assured lawmakers and staffers that they would still get paid even if the shutdown occurs on July 1.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune says the state Senate also plans to make payroll as usual in early July.

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Republican House Majority Leader Matt Dean says he hasn’t considered yet whether he would refuse his pay.

Dayton and the GOP-controlled Legislature are at odds over how to agree on a new two-year-budget. If no budget is approved by the end of June the government will shut down.