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Monthly newsletter for members of the League of Women Voters Northfield - Cannon Falls

September, 2016 (September 15, 2016)

November 2016 Constitutional Amendment On Ballot

September 15, 2016

The November ballot includes an amendment removing legislators’ power to set their own pay and creates an independent citizen commission to set pay.

To learn the specific details of the amendment, please read the following one-page (front and back) flyer to educate voters on the amendment.

LWVMN has not taken any position on the amendment; instead we are educating voters.

There is no opposition to the amendment, which has bipartisan support in the Legislature and was signed by the Governor.   

LWV arrives at its position on issues based on member study, input and a consensus process. We have long-standing positions supporting realistic compensation for legislators, citizen participation in government decision-making, and pay equity.

In a nutshell, what’s the argument favoring this amendment? 

The Constitution has a clear conflict of interest on legislators setting their own pay. Legislators should be focused on constituent interests and not their own pay.

In a nutshell, what’s the argument opposing this amendment?

Because there is no known opposition, we don’t know.