July 22, 2017 11:27 AM
Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt says he will authorize legislative pay raises for his colleagues in the House.
The Republican speaker announced the decision Friday, and a day after two state legislators sued alleging that he had violated the state Constitution by not approving a $14,000 raise.
Minnesota voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2016 that handed the power over lawmaker pay to an independent council. That body raised pay from $31,000 to $45,000 annually.
State senators started receiving the higher pay earlier this month, but Daudt said he wouldn't pay to cover those higher salaries for 134 House members and blocked them.
Daudt says in a statement he relented because it's "constitutionally required to pay legislators the prescribed amount."
Updated: July 22, 2017 11:27 AM
Created: July 22, 2017 10:59 AM
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