Panel recommends pay increases for government leaders, state officials

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The 16-member appointed Compensation Council approved a package of proposed wage increases for the governor, legislators, judges and state agency heads beginning in 2015, the Associated Press reports.

The panel is recommending a six percent pay raise for the governor over two years--three percent in 2015 and an additional three percent the following year--bringing the salary to $127,629 by 2016.

Pay for state legislators would increase 33 percent in 2015, from $31,000 to nearly $41,000, KARE 11 reports. A smaller increase would be implemented in 2016, to bring their pay just over $42,000.

Governor Mark Dayton recommends Minnesota lawmakers be paid $56,954, the same as an average household in Minnesota, the Star Tribune says.

Increases for Minnesota Supreme Court associate justices and justices are also included in the plan, as well as raises for heads of state departments such as agriculture, education and commerce.

Government leaders and state officials haven't seen a wage hike since the 1990s.

The hours are long and the pay is low, WCCO reports. Compared to legislatures around the country, Minnesota ranks 17th in the nation, above the national median salary of $28,000.

No pay increases will go into effect without the approval of the Legislature.

WCCO takes a look at the numbers:

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