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Pioneeer Editorial: Per diems only cover expenses

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The issue of Minnesota legislative per diems has been bantered about for years. Many argue that as part-time citizen legislators, salary should be enough. Sometimes, per diem payments add to more than the salary a lawmaker gets.

In the latest battle, the Minnesota Court of Appeals last week let stand a ruling that the Minnesota Legislature can grant itself an increase in per diem payments without violating the State Constitution.

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