Sen. Hoffman to refuse pay during Special Session
ST. PAUL, Minn– As a Special Session appears more likely now than ever before – Sen. John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin) has announced his intent to refuse pay for any work associated with a Special Session. Sen. Hoffman says he believes it shouldn’t be the taxpayers’ responsibility to shoulder the cost burden when the legislature doesn’t finish its work on time.
“I made a campaign promise four years ago that I wouldn’t take a dime if we didn’t get our work done on time. I’m serious about this issue because it’s about keeping my commitments to taxpayers and my constituents. I announced I would not take pay during last summer’s Special Session, and I’m doing the same thing this summer. Governing in divided government is difficult, and I am disappointed we couldn’t finish our work during regular session – which means I won’t further burden Minnesota taxpayers by making them foot the bill when we finally do come to an agreement,” said Hoffman.
Governor Dayton has yet to call a special session, though agreements are starting to come together on a Tax Bill, Bonding Bill and several other smaller pieces of legislation. Legislative leaders have stated they hope a Special Session can occur during the third week of August.