ST. PAUL, Minn. – To protest the need for a special session and to reduce the costs to taxpayers, Sen. John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin) has signed a letter stating he will not be accepting any pay during the as-yet-to-called Legislative Special Session. 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 three 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. Governing in divided government is difficult, but I’m disappointed we could not conclude our session on time, and for that reason I will not be accepting any pay when we hold a special session,” said Hoffman.
Governor Dayton has yet to call a special session, though agreements are starting to be reached on several bills that were vetoed by the Governor.