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Most Minnesota lawmakers still accepting paychecks during government shutdown

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As Minnesota's government shutdown entered its 12th day today, most legislators were still collecting paychecks -- despite an ongoing budget impasse that has furloughed more than 20,000 state workers, halted road construction and affected people and programs across the state.

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Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and 62 of the 200 state lawmakers declined to accept their paychecks during the shutdown. Dayton is paid $120,303 annually, while a legislator's year-round pay adds up to $31,140.

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