The House Ethics Committee has declined to investigate a complaint about a fight between legislators.

The complaint was brought by Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, who said Rep. Denny McNamara, R-Hastings, yelled at her in his office on May 16.

Rep. Denny McNamara, R-Hastings, and Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis.

The confrontation stems from McNamara’s son’s landscaping business with the Minneapolis Parks Board.

McNamara included a provision in his environment omnibus bill that changed a law Kahn worked on that dedicates interest earnings from the Met Council to the North Mississippi Regional Park.

Kahn’s complaint stated that McNamara thought the Minneapolis Parks Board threatened to curb business with McNamara’s landscaping firm as a result.

Kahn said she felt verbally and physically threatened in a meeting with McNamara and Minneapolis Parks Board lobbyist Brian Rice.

McNamara said he did yell in the meeting, but his ire was directed at Rice, not Kahn.

“I told him to never ever, ever, ever, ever… ever come back,” McNamara said, adding that he felt the whole situation was a “witch hunt” against his family.

“I clearly felt that the anger and the irritation in Rep. McNamara’s voice was clearly directed at me, too,” Kahn said in the ethics hearing. “I have never felt so threatened and domineered” while in the Legislature, she said.

The bipartisan panel found there was no probably cause to investigate the matter further.

Minnesota Republican lawmakers called on DFL Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday to hand out only modest cost-of-living raises to his state commissioners, but they predicted those pay raises will be much higher.

Dayton says he plans to give his department chiefs more money on July 1, although he hasn’t said how much.

In January, Dayton OK’d a total $802,000 in salary increases for 26 commissioners and department heads. After heavy criticism from lawmakers, he agreed to scale back the pay hikes but only after the Legislature agreed to give him the option of raising their pay on July 1.

The proposed raises have been controversial since then with the plan coming under fire from members of both parties.

Senate Republican Leader David Hann of Eden Prairie noted that earlier this year, Dayton proposed up to a 30 percent pay increase for some commissioners.

“Thirty percent is exorbitant. It is a waste of taxpayer money, it is not needed and it should not be done,” he told reporters Tuesday at the Capitol.

Hann called on the governor to “be reasonable” and said a more appropriate raise would be around 2.5 percent — roughly the increase state employees recently negotiated as part of their employment contracts.

After Dayton announces new salaries, the authority to increase department head pay will go back to the Legislature.

Good morning! Here are five political stories worth following today.

It’s Round 567 of the commissioner pay debate. Yesterday, Gov. Mark Dayton said he would raise commissioner pay by Wednesday, the last day he has the opportunity to do so before that authority goes back to legislators. Republicans in the House and Senate are using the opportunity to hone their campaign 2016 talking points on the issue. (MPR News)

Environmentalists are pressuring Dayton to demand changes to PolyMet Mining’s plans. It will be interesting to see how Dayton, who has aligned himself with environmental groups in many instances this year, will respond. For their part, the groups are emphasizing water quality – a key issue for Dayton’s second term. (MPR News)

Minnesota students will face fewer tests after the Legislature slashed the education system’s testing budget. (MPR News)

Sweet revenge. The sugar industry is under attack from the corn syrup industry, which wants to dismantle government sugar supports. The battle will have implications for Minnesota’s sugar beet industry. (The Star Tribune)

There are still critical decisions coming out of the Supreme Court this week. The most recent centers on Arizona’s independent redistricting commission, which the court deemed constitutional. The decision has some wondering whether gerrymandering will become a thing of the past. (NPR)