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.[jump]
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 House co-controller Greg Crowe says Slawik rescinded her request to have her pay withheld at the last minute.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)