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State employees to see promised raises

Thu 5-21-2020

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State employees in Minnesota will see promised pay raises after the state’s budget agency ruled that legislators don’t have the authority to modify them. The ruling from Minnesota Management and Budget came after Senate Republicans voted to postpone a 2.5% pay raise that was due in July.

Republicans argued that the contracts should be renegotiated because the state faces huge revenue losses due to the coronavirus pandemic. The budget agency's legal review determined that the Senate's vote to approve the contracts with raises postponed amounted to approval.

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka called the move a “cavalier decision” by Gov. Tim Walz.