Mark Dayton just couldn’t resist. He couldn’t resist giving his commissioners the biggest pay raises they’ll ever get:
Dayton said in an interview with MPR News host Cathy Wurzer Wednesday morning that the raises are very similar to what he proposed in January. He said the average raise will be about $20,000.
Details made available later showed some commissioners will now make nearly $155,000 a year. They include the heads of Minnesota’s natural resources, budget, human services, public safety and revenue departments.
“It’s a lot of money, it’s more money than most Minnesotans make,” Dayton said. “But these are very talented people who have the ability to command these salaries, in fact, higher salaries, in the public sector elsewhere, even in Minnesota.”
That last paragraph is almost laughable. Myron Frans is getting a massive pay raise. In January, Gov. Dayton proposed raising his salary from $119,517 to $154,992. When Frans was the commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Revenue, he forecast that the revenue from electronic pull tabs would be approximately $35,000,000/yr.
It’s almost frightening to hear that electronic pull tabs generated only $1,700,000, meaning he was off by more than 95%. If that happened in the private sector at a major corporation, Frans wouldn’t have gotten a raise. He would’ve gotten fired ASAP.
In government, his boss calls him part of a team of “very talented people.” Saying that Gov. Dayton is out of touch with reality isn’t a stretch. It’s almost understatement. At a time when Minnesotans’ wages are growing slowly, if at all, Gov. Dayton decided that these incompetents are worthy of some of the biggest pay raises in Minnesota history.
Gov. Dayton and his commissioners make a lovely duo. He’s out of touch and they’re incompetent. Throw in Tom Bakk and Paul Thissen, who railroaded these increases through the legislature when the DFL controlled the legislature and Gov. Dayton was the DFL governor.
Minnesotans should ask themselves if they prefer the out of control spending from when the DFL was in control or whether they preferred the restraint shown by GOP House Speaker Kurt Daudt.