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LOON DONATES LEGISLATIVE PAY TO STATE
ST. PAUL – Rep. Jenifer Loon recently donated $1,674.40 to the state, the amount of money she was scheduled to be paid during the recent three-week government shutdown.
Loon sent a personal check to Minnesota Management and Budget and was told she will receive a letter of confirmation once the necessary processing is conducted and the money is returned to the state’s treasury.
“I had to accept my check from the Minnesota House in order to return the money to the taxpayers,” Loon said. “Otherwise, the money would have stayed in the House of Representatives’ account. I did not want the money to be available for further use by the Legislature, and the only way to give the money back to the state was to write a personal check.
“The payroll offices for the House and for the state are separate. In talking with our comptroller, this is how he said it would have to be done.”
Recent media reports indicated Loon had accepted her paycheck, but failed to report she had transferred the funds back to the state.
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