Posted: 03/15/17 12:40
by Dave Mindeman
When the MN Constitutional amendment on legislative pay raises passed overwhelmingly in the last cycle, I thought...finally, we can take politics out of the pay raise issue and GET IT DONE.
But, of course, I underestimated Kurt Daudt's need to politicize everything.
"Think about if this is binding on us, it means I have to give, or we have to give legislators a pay increase when we can't give that same kind of pay increase to school kids or senior citizens, the disability community, you pick your interest group that is frankly deserving of some increase," Daudt said. "That's the tough position it puts us in."
Oh wow. Suddenly, Kurt Daudt is "concerned" about school kids, disabilities, and seniors. Wow.
Daudt is trying to drum up controversy where there is none. Yes, the commission decided upon a 14% raise over current levels. BUT THAT IS AFTER 20 YEARS OF NO PAY RAISES!
Even though I'm not sure Daudt deserves this pay raise...there are many hard working legislators who really do. This state asks them to disrupt their lives during legislative sessions and then assume they can just drop back into their regular work life. That doesn't happen and many of them simply have to quit the legislature to take care of their families.
We lose good, intelligent people. We have trouble recruiting other good, intelligent people to seek those offices. And in another way, the low pay makes our legislators particularly vulnerable to the temptations of corruption.
76% of Minnesotans voted for this amendment....2.2 million citizens. Even if you buy Daudt's ridiculous argument that people got confused by the "language" of the amendment, it is kind of hard to believe that 2 million of us can't figure it out.
And yet, Kurt Daudt wants to defy that mandate and use this as another political tool for getting his name in the news...so he can run for governor in 2018.
Minnesota voted to take this issue out of political hands and let a citizen panel make the decisions on a proper salary for the legislature. Legislators work for the people of Minnesota..so it only seems right that the people decide what they get paid.
Now...Kurt Daudt...please shut the hell up.