40 members of MN House max out per diem during session

40 members of the Minnesota House have taken, $10,780 in daily expenses during the 2011 legislative session. That’s the most House members could take in expenses.

23 Democrats and 17 Republicans took $77 a day for the 140 days that the Legislature was in session (including Saturdays and Sundays).

Per diem is an optional benefit for lawmakers. It is in addition to their annual salary of $31,141. The House spent a total of $1,223,878 on per diem payments during the 2011 legislative session.

Democrats taking the maximum amount of per diem:

David Dill, Crane Lake

Kent Eken, Twin Valley

Patti Fritz, Faribault

Lynn Carlson, Crystal

Bobby Jo Champion, Minneapolis

Karen Clark, Minneapolis

Andrew Falk, Murdock

Mindy Greiling, Roseville

Rick Hanson, South St. Paul

Alice Hausman, St. Paul

Jeffrey Hayden, Minneapolis

Bill Hilty, Finlayson

Tom Huntley, Duluth

Lyle Koenen, Clara City

John Lesch, St. Paul

Tim Mahoney, St. Paul

Carlos Mariani, St. Paul

Joe Mullery, Minneapolis

Mary Murphy, St. Paul

Gene Pelowski, Winona

Jeanne Poppe, Austin

Tom Rukavina, Virginia

Jean Wagenius, Minneapolis

Republicans taking the maximum amount of per diem:

Jim Abeler, Anoka

Tony Cornish, Good Thunder

Greg Davids, Prescott

Bob Dettmer, Forest Lake

Pat Garofalo, Farmington

Bob Gunther, Fairmont

Tom Hackbarth, Cedar

Mary Liz Holberg, Lakeville

Larry Howes, Walker

Joe Hoppe, Chaska

Tim Kelly, Red Wing

Morrie Lanning, Moorhead

Mark Murdock, Ottertail

Bud Nornes, Fergus Falls

Duane Quam, Rochester

Steve Smith, Mound

Kurt Zellers, Maple Grove

Democrats taking no per diem:

Tina Liebling, Rochester

Steve Simon, St. Louis Park

Republicans taking no per diem:

None

Here’s the per diem report from the MN House

Crystal Reports – PerDiemRank 6-3-11

Update: I incorrectly reported that Erin Murphy maxed out her per diem in an earlier post when, in fact, it was Mary Murphy. My apologies.

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