Minnesota lawmakers not accepting their salary: The full list

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​After Gov. Mark Dayton announced he would not accept a paycheck during the shutdown, we asked all the Minnesota legislators whether they would follow suit. While the vast majority didn't reply, we got some responses and put together a preliminary list.

Now we've got our hands on the official list of House legislators who decided not to take their pay. And there are some names missing when you compare the two.

Dayton announced he would not be taking his salary in late June. Soon after, Senate Majority leader Amy Koch announced that she would also turn down her paycheck.

Naturally, we wondered who else at the Capitol is willing to take the kind of pay-cut being forced on state workers. We sent an email to legislators in both the House and Senate asking what their plans were, and about 30 wrote back that they would forgo their checks.

But now that the shutdown is in full effect, a list of House reps who declined their pay is available. We're working on the full Senate list.

Interestingly, three reps who told City Pages they would not be accepting their paychecks did. DFLer Nora Slawik and Republican Andrea Kieffer should all have received their check on July 1. House co-controller Greg Crowe says Slawik rescinded her request to have her pay withheld at the last minute.

Update: Kieffer says there was a mix-up with her request to have her July pay held. She says in an email she's donating her check to a local food shelf.

In alphabetical order, the House members who declined paychecks this month are:
Paul Anderson (R)
Tom Anzelc (DFL)
Joe Atkins (DFL)
John Benson (DFL)
Kurt Bills (R)
Kathy Brynaert (DFL)
Lyndon Carlson (DFL)
Tony Cornish (R)
Roger Crawford (R)
Denise Dittrich (DFL)
Connie Doepke (R)
Keith Downey (R)
Steve Drazkowski (R)
Sondra Erickson (R)
Andrew Falk (DFL)
Pat Garofalo (R)
Mindy Greiling (DFL)
David Hancock (R)
Melissa Hortman (DFL)
Sheldon Johnson (DFL)
Phyllis Kahn (DFL)
Debra Kiel (R)
Kate Knuth (DFL)
Carolyn Laine (DFL)
Ann Lenczewski (DFL)
Diane Loeffler (DFL)
Kathy Lohmer (R)
Jennifer Loon (R)
Tim Mahoney (DFL)
Pat Mazorol (R)
Carolyn McElfatrick (R)
Carol McFarlane (R)
Terry Morrow (DFL)
Joe Mullery (DFL)
Erin Murphy (DFL)
Mary Murphy (DFL)
Rich Murray (R)
Kim Norton (DFL)
Michael Paymar (DFL)
Bev Scalze (DFL)
Steve Simon (DFL)
Linda Slocum (DFL)
Peggy Scott (R)
Chris Swedzinski (R)
Paul Thissen (DFL)
John Ward (DFL)
Doug Wardlow (R)
Ryan Winkler (DFL)

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I am a state worker on lay off and yes, I will be able to receive UI benefits...but not this week.  This is our "waiting week".  On the 15th I will get a check for the 4 days I worked prior to the shutdown. My house payment is due on the 16th and other bills are coming due as well.  I WILL NOT be able to pay these with what I will receive.  Let's have legislators contribute their salaries AND their per diem to a fund to provide back pay to those of us who are being affected by politicians unwilling to come to agreement.


Byt the way, those seniors I referred to, in the Older Worker Program of Rochester's Minnesota Works, they can't collect unemployment as the funds paying them are classified a Training Funds. They get nothing while Dekruif and Woodard are eating every night and are in no danger of homelessness next month.


I notice the rep(s" from my district in Northfield (Dekuif, Woodard, aren't on the list and therefore still taking their pay while even seniors living below the poverty line, with terribly little to live on, who work in the Older Worker Program out of Rochester Minnesota Works, are FURLOUGHED WIThOUT PAY.

It is truly class warfare.


I think that some of the House members on here are wrong. I thought some of them would give up their per diem but not their salary. Can you confirm this? Its a big difference between 70 bucks and a few thousand.


Aren't the Republicans in the majority of the House? The Democrats have a clear majority in the posted list.


This is Dayton's shutdown. He has refused a "lights on Bill".

Ken Feucht
Ken Feucht

Are they also refusing benefits and health insurance?

unemployed state worker
unemployed state worker

So, the ones not taking their salary are they willing to "donate" it to the 22,000 state employees and their families who are living without a paycheck?

Andrea Seeger-Friesen
Andrea Seeger-Friesen

They should receive NO income (or interest or dividends) for each daythe state is in shutdown and a mediator should be hired with the fees being deducted from their pay since they can't figure out how to do their jobs and compromise.


My GOP State Rep. Matt Dean appears to be taking his pay for a job not completed. I'm sure he needs it, though. His wife is an obstetrician and the poor couple from Dellwood is probably just scraping by on her salary.

Did you ask who's taking per diem?


Dayton prefers the 'people on' solution.


Employed private sector worker - week 1 of unemployment is not paid, if the state folks live by the same rules as us private sector folk.  So, yes, they are "living without a paycheck."  That is not misleading.  And, to borrow a phrase, "you should know that so stop trying to mislead the public."

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