MN Commissioner Raises/Sparks Fly 13 Feb 15

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota Senate vote to roll back pay raises for Governor Mark Dayton’s commissioners is causing a deep rift between the governor and a key Democratic ally in the Legislature.

Dayton says he felt blindsided by Thursday’s vote, which was called for by Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk. Dayton says he can no longer trust his fellow Democrat and won’t deal with him alone. Bakk counters that Dayton “was not listening” when they spoke about potential options on the controversial salary increases.

Dayton says he’s prepared to veto a bill providing money for the state’s Ebola response and sex offender security hospital over the pay clause.

It would rescind raises Dayton gave last month to department commissioners.