ST. PAUL, Minn. - Pay increases for Minnesota lawmakers won't be happening this legislative session.
Legislative negotiators finalized a budget bill Sunday covering various state agency operations and government operations.
It does not include a provision passed previously in the Senate that would have given lawmakers a nearly $10,000 a year raise by 2015, and another bump the year after that on their current salaries of $31,000 a year.
The Senate's vote generated some controversy. It also spawned an alternate plan, passed Friday in the House, which would put a constitutional amendment on the 2016 ballot asking voters to create an independent council to set lawmaker pay. The Senate could vote on that amendment Sunday or Monday.
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