Sen. Susan Kent to refuse pay during Special Session
ST. PAUL, Minn – With just a few weeks before a likely Special Session is called, Sen. Susan Kent (DFL-Woodbury) announces she will refuse any per diem pay for work associated with a Special Session. Sen. Kent says she is a strong believer in working across the aisle to get work done for Minnesotans, and says taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook when legislators can’t come to an agreement during regular session.
“I believe that refusing to take any pay during a Special Session sends a message consistent with my beliefs: I’ve been elected to work for the people of Woodbury, Maplewood and Oakdale, and to get that work done during a regular session. I’m not here to argue, I’m not here to point fingers – I ran for the State Senate to be a strong voice for the people in the east metro. To me, that means if I don’t get my work done when session adjourns, then I won’t expect taxpayers to foot the bill,” said Sen. Kent.
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.