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Pay raises proposed for Minn. governor, legislators

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The Compensation Council, a 16-member panel representing all three branches of state government, is recommending the first salary hikes for Minnesota's government leaders in more than a decade, the Associated Press reports.

If approved, the governor's annual base pay of $120,303 would go up 3 percent in 2015 and again in 2016. The governor's last pay boost was in 1998.

Legislators would earn $40,890 or one-third of what the governor makes, starting in 2015. That's up from $31,140 -- unchanged since 1999.

Both state lawmakers and the governor would have to approve any and all recommendations.

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