KSTP/SurveyUSA: Minnesotans Oppose Pay Increases for Lawmakers, Governor

Updated: 04/25/2013 6:22 PM KSTP.com By: Tom Hauser

The Minnesota Senate is considering a bill to raise the pay of state legislators from $31,000 to $42,000. That would be a 35 percent increase.  

The bill also calls for a 7 percent increase in the governor's pay, from $120,000 to $128,000.  

According to our KSTP/SurveyUSA poll, 77 percent of Minnesotans oppose pay increases for legislators, with 13 percent in support and 10 percent not sure.  As for the governor's pay, 71 percent oppose a pay increase, with 22 percent in support and 7 percent not sure.

Supporters of the proposal point out that lawmakers and the governor haven't had pay increases since 1998.  They say if the pay doesn't go up eventually, only wealthy people will be able to afford to serve in many public offices.