Unemployed no longer

MPR News examined all of the economic disclosure forms filed by state lawmakers and found that one in four legislators filed forms that provide little or no information about their outside work.

Another form also stood out.

State Rep.-elect Nick Zerwas, R-Elk River, filed a form that listed himself as unemployed – a rare change from other lawmakers who listed their jobs as “consultants” or “self-employed” even though they didn’t have any work besides their jobs as legislators.

Zerwas sits on the Elk River City Council until his resignation is official tomorrow.

A spokesman for Zerwas, who has a background as a crime investigator and finger print examiner in the public and private sectors, said he was not seeking employment in December. He’ll start earning his $31,000 annual salary when he’s sworn in as a legislator tomorrow.