"Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to remove legislators' ability to set their own salaries, and instead establish an independent, citizens-only council to prescribe salaries for legislators?"
The only answer: No. (Or leave it blank. For state constitutional amendment ballot issues, that amounts to a "no" vote.)
The reasons to reject it are many, some of which are below.
First, though, there really is only one reason to support it. You're OK with letting legislators off the hook for being accountable for their pay.
If that's not enough, here are the fundamental reasons to reject it
Paychecks and more
As this board has noted for almost 15 years, legislators' paychecks might add up to only
Yes, every day of session, House members can claim
How much more? In 2013 -- the year legislators voted to put this proposal on the ballot now -- the state's 201 lawmakers collected at least
Support for this plan comes wrapped in claims about the job is full-time, not part-time, and it's not ethical (nor politically feasible) to vote on your own pay levels.
On the former, there is a very simple solution: Be more efficient with your work. (Hint: Is there is really a need to introduce more than 1,500-plus bills every session?) On the latter, most common-sense Minnesotans would say ethics would allow for such a vote if the performance of legislators actually warranted a pay raise.
Seriously, the last pay increase legislators received came in 1999. Since then, please identify any of the 16 years of legislative sessions that makes you say "Yes, legislators deserve a raise. After all, they got all their work done on time and with satisfactory results."
Vote no. Keep legislators accountable for their pay.
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