At Issue: Awaiting Judge's Ruling on Constitutional Showdown; Senate Pay Raise in Spotlight

July 16, 2017 05:59 PM

Another week has come and gone without a Ramsey County judge making a ruling on whether Gov. Mark Dayton violated the constitution by line-item vetoing funding for the House and the Senate. Dayton says he's ready to appeal if the judge doesn't rule in his favor. Last month, the judge did approve a funding extension so lawmakers and staffers can still be paid. 

This comes as Minnesota senators received more money in their paychecks this month. They received a 45 percent boost in pay. Their colleagues in the Minnesota House did not. Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said he would comply with whatever salary was recommended by the Legislative Salary Council  that was authorized by voters in the 2016 election. The increase is the first pay raise for the Legislature since 1999.

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This week, Minnesota joined several other states in a national crackdown on health care fraud. Attorney General Lori Swanson says a Brooklyn Center woman and her daughter have been charged. They are two of 10 people charged with defrauding the federal Medical Assistance program. 

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