Zellers on professor remark: MPR misinformed me

We now know where Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers got his information before making the assertion that college professors in Minnesota have been getting 20-30 percent pay increases while Minnesota families are losing 30-40 percent of their income: MPR, Zellers says.

Appearing on MPR’s Midmorning program today, a caller asked Zellers about the earlier comment, which he made this week on MPR’s Midday program. Up until this morning, Zellers had not responded to requests for his information source.

“It was a story that was on MPR last fall,” Zellers told Kerri Miller. “MnSCU bonuses to top staffers nears $300K.”

“Usually, we Republicans are the first to complain about headlines being misleading, but looking at the headline and looking at the bonuses (headline?) , the bonuses were for staffers; they weren’t necessarily for professors. I guess Brian (the caller) can say I was a little close to misinformed and what I was talking about from a family’s perspective was my neighbor. He has had his wages cut 40 percent,” Zellers said.

His response is at the 48:56 mark.