GOP Proposes Limits on Severance for State Workers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Republicans are weighing changes to severance for state workers after Governor Mark Dayton was criticized for sizeable payouts to three top appointees who resigned.

A House committee had been set to discuss a bill, Tuesday, that would limit severance pay for state employees, but that hearing was postponed until Wednesday. Dayton has approved nearly $80,000 in total payments to two economic development commissioners and the director of higher education services throughout his six years in office.

Republican lawmakers say the payments violate the law and are not an appropriate use of tax dollars. Representative Sarah Anderson, the bill’s author, says the bill would clarify what should be allowed.

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