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State Representative Jenifer Loon

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100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
651-296-7449

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Posted: 2011-08-23 00:00:00
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Email update

Setting the salary record straight


Dear Neighbor,

Please allow me to clear the record regarding an inaccurate StarTribune article. Unfortunately, the reporter did not bother to call me before printing it.

My desire, all along, was to have the taxpayers keep the money from my salary during the government shutdown. I indicated on the forms I submitted to our payroll office that I wanted to be treated the same as all other state employees. If they didn't get retroactive pay, I didn't want it either.

However, when I inquired, I was informed that my unclaimed pay would stay in the House of Representatives' account, not returned to the State's Treasury, as was my desire. I was further informed that because our payroll system is separate from state employees, they could not directly transfer the amount of pay from the days of the shutdown to the State treasury.

Therefore, the only way to accomplish what I had promised to my constituents and to the citizens of Minnesota, was to take the check, deposit it in my account, and then write a personal check to the State of Minnesota for the amount of salary I was refusing due to the government shutdown. I have sent this check to Minnesota's office of Management and Budget, in the amount of $1674.40. I am awaiting a letter of confirmation, which I have been told I will receive, indicating the Commissioner received the check, and that it has been returned to the state's treasury.

My integrity as a person and as a public servant are very important to me, and I take the trust my constituents have placed in me very seriously. I would never "renege" on a promise to refuse my pay during a government shutdown. In my mind, the most honest way to do this was to return the money to the taxpayers (not allow it to be a "cash cushion" in the House of Representatives' account), and that is exactly what I have done.

Thanks again for the opportunity to set the record straight. I hope you will continue to stay in touch.

Sincerely,
Jenifer

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