DFL still getting paid during shutdown

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Ken Martin's also getting paid during the shutdown. Are you?
When City Pages asked GOP head Tony Sutton if he would still draw paychecks during the state shutdown, he said yes, and then asked, "Well, what's the DFL doing?"

The answer is, yes, the DFL's still going to get paid.

Party chair Ken Martin said he, and the rest of the DFL, were being paid their normal salaries, despite a number of state legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton's decision to forgo their salaries until the state is running again.

"No, we have to continue doing our work here," Martin said. "And we're not part of the state government."

Like Sutton, Martin's job comes with a six-figure salary: the DFL is paying him $108,000 this year.

For those keeping track, the state's two biggest political parties are in debt -- both over $700,000 worth, as of May. But, though their parties, and the state itself are broke, Sutton, Martin and their staffs will continue to make money.

Sutton said that if anyone should turn down their paychecks, it was the DFL, for Dayton's refusal to go along with the budgets passed by the legislature. This reaction didn't surprise Martin.

"The only thing I can say to that is, the reason we're in this mess is because of the Republicans," Martin said. "And at the end of the day, I expect the Republicans to say something like that. Because that's all they've been doing -- pointing fingers and calling names, instead of coming to the table in a real serious way."

It's nice to know that even when party politics fails the state of Minnesota, things stay about the same for the parties.

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Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Fuck you City Pages once again your liberal bias is hard to ignore.   Do you ever run articles that criticize the DFL?     I'm so sick of the liberal bias your paper shows every day!!!!!!   I hope you go broke and all your reporters become homeless people!!!!!!!!  ARGHGHHAHAHSHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!    Start fair and balanced reporting which of course means slamming every little thing the DFL does and ignoring anything Republicans do no matter how heinous, you know , like Fox News. 

webcelt
webcelt

The Republicans keep saying they came up with a balanced budget. Assuming all their funny math is take n at face value, OK, they did, but guess who else presented a balanced budget --- Mark Dayton. If the mere fact the Republican budget balanced means Dayton should accept it, then the mere fact his proposal balanced means the Republicans should accept it. But I guess that would be tough for the Republican spin machine.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

All annual salaries need to be capped at 75,000. That is more than enough for these jokers. If anyone in the state needs to earn more than they need to get out into the private sector. Pensions need to be similiar to private plans (401K with employee contributions) - no more defined benefits. Time the state get with the private sector.

Evel
Evel

Dude, they're saying it's a "balanced budget that doesn't raise taxes".  Dayton wants more spending and higher taxes.  That's what this whole thing is about.  That's the whole "tax the millionaires" thing everybody's been talking about.  Way to pay attention.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Good idea Fidel.  Why don't you move back to Cuba where the government sets how much private employees get paid.  

webcelt
webcelt

They're not employed by the public. They're employed by the parties.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Fake MB: Actually I'm thinking of moving my business to Wisconsin where there are very nice tax incentives. Or maybe one of the Dakota's. Not sure yet. They might be "private" employees but you bet your bottom dollar they are only paid because of what the two parties think they can get out of the taxpayers. I'd say they are quasi-private-government linked jobs. $75,000 maximum is enough for these positons to set an example for the state workers.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

True they are private but they can set a good example for the two parties. "Like Sutton (GOP), Martin's job comes with a six-figure salary: the DFL is paying him $108,000 this year." Then the two parties can agree to limit the salaries of State employees to $75,000 maximum. That will reduce the cost of government. Switching the defined pensions to 401K contributions (and raising the retirement age) will reduce future outlays.  

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