Ramsey County Judge Kathleen Gearin says the state’s former constitutional officers, including former Govs. Arne Carlson and Wendell Anderson, should continue to receive retiree benefits during the government shutdown.
The Minnesota State Retirement System has asked Special Master Kathleen Blatz, to keep funding state retirement checks for Minnesota’s 14 retired constitutional officers or their survivors. Judge Gearin already ruled that retirement benefits should be disbursed for the state’s 30,000 retirees but the MSRS said the 14 constitutional officers are in a special plan that is funded by the general fund. Gearin agreed that the monthly payments of $37,899.34 should be paid.