Most Minnesota lawmakers still accepting paychecks during government shutdown
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.
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.