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Plan to boost lawmaker pay in Minn. budget bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota lawmakers will vote on whether to raise salaries for the Legislature, governor's office and other top state agency positions.

The proposed pay hikes are part of a budget bill rolled out Tuesday in the state Senate. It would provide the first lawmaker pay boosts since the late 1990s.

The governor's $120,303-a-year base pay would go up 3 percent in 2015 and again in 2016. His wage would then be tied to annual inflation.

Legislators would see an even bigger bump because their pay would be set at one-third of what the governor makes. That would take their $31,140-a-year salaries to $40,890 in 2015.

The pay plan is not in a companion House bill, but passage by the Senate would keep raises alive as the final budget is set in May.

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