St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Minnesota DFL-controlled Senate wants to raise pay for state employees.
Debate on the floor Thursday lead to ratification of the state employee labor agreement.
Two Republicans helped DFL Senators pass the bill that will provide a two percent raise for employees who haven't seen a pay increase in the last 3.5 years.
"Public employees are the employees who teach our children, plow our roads, patch our pot holes, care for us in our hospitals, and yeah at the end of the day when we all go home, they are going to clean up the Capitol, so it's all ready for tomorrow. They are going to empty the trash in our offices. And I rise today to thank them," Sen. Bakk said on the Senate floor.
Last month, Sen. Bakk proposed to cut the pay of GOP staff members in the Senate by up to 40 percent.
The cuts would affect the pay of GOP legislative and committee assistants along with research staff.