GOP lawmakers propose pay cut for legislators

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) âÄî Several Republican lawmakers are proposing a 5 percent pay cut for themselves and their colleagues in the Legislature. The cut would put annual base pay for Minnesota legislators at about $29,600. The salary cut would also apply to constitutional officers like the governor and secretary of state. Sen. Geoff Michel, a Republican from Edina, says lawmakers will have more credibility while trying to solve the budget deficit if they first lead by example and make their own sacrifices. Michel says the cut would save the state more than $676,000 over a two-year period. House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher and Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller, both Democrats, said they’re open to looking at a pay cut for legislators as part of a possible budget fix.