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Minnesota legislators will get 7.25% pay hike

The $3,500 annual boost is driven by retention and inflation concerns


March 14, 2023

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune file

The boost will raise Minnesota legislators' salaries to $51,750 in July.

Minnesota legislators will get a 7.25% raise in July.

The state's appointed Legislative Salary Council boosted lawmakers' salaries by $3,500 to $51,750, aiming to entice and retain qualified leaders amid rising inflation. The pay bump will cost taxpayers an additional $810,854 a year, according to council staff.

"Once the legislators are in ... they realize that the money is not enough to keep them sustained, particularly from greater Minnesota," Council Chair Jim Fleming said. "Legislators are choosing not to run because of the money."


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