New salary list of Minnesota's state agency bosses

Minnesota Gov. Dayton on Wednesday reinstated pay raises to the state’s commissioners that the legislature recalled earlier this year. Six commissioners will make $154,000 per year under the new salary scale.

“These salaries are well below the limits established by the legislature earlier this year,” Gov. Dayton wrote in a letter to legislative leaders. “They will help ensure Minnesotans continue to receive the best possible public services from the best possible public leaders.”

House Speaker Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) said he’s not surprised the governor took advantage of the one-day window to reinstate the pay raises, but voiced his disappointment. Rep. Daudt said the governor is "more out of touch with Minnesotans than I thought."

“The salaries of high-level public officials are convenient targets for anti-government partisans, who don't understand the sophisticated administrative skills required to provide quality government services and care even less,” Dayton wrote in his letter. “But competitive salaries are essential to attract and retain the best public executives, whose successes, in turn, provide taxpayers with improved services, greater efficiencies, and new innovations, which are worth many times the cost of their salaries.”

Actual salary, effective July 1, 2015

Commissioner of Administration $144,991
Commissioner of Agriculture $144,991
Commissioner of Commerce $144,991
Commissioner of Corrections $150,002
Commissioner of Education $150,002
Commissioner of Employment and Economic Development $150,002
Commissioner of Health $150,002
Commissioner, Housing Finance Agency $144,991
Commissioner of Human Rights $144,991
Commissioner of Human Services $154,992
Commissioner of Labor and Industry $144,991
Commissioner of Management and Budget $154,992
Commissioner of Natural Resources $154,992
Commissioner, Office of Higher Education $144,991
Commissioner, Pollution Control Agency $150,002
Commissioner of Public Safety $154,992
Commissioner of Revenue $154,992
Commissioner of Transportation $154,992
Commissioner of Veterans Affairs $144,991
Commissioner, Bureau of Mediation Services $140,000
Executive Director, Gambling Control Board $119,997
Commissioner, Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board $140,000
Chair, Metropolitan Council $144,991
School Trust Lands Director $125,009
Ombudsman for Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities $119,997
Commissioner, Public Utilities Commission $140,000
Executive Director of Pari-mutuel Racing $115,988
Chair, Metropolitan Airports Commission $30,000

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