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RELEASE: Garofalo – “Paying Minneapolis City Council over $100,000 a year is pure rip off of taxpayers….”

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

ST. PAUL —State Representative Patrick Garofalo, R-Farmington, has introduced legislation that would prohibit city council salaries from exceeding the state median household income. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the 2015-2019 median household income for Minnesota was $71,306. The only Minnesota city known to exceed that rate is the Minneapolis City Council with each member collecting $106,101 per year.

“Salaries for the Minneapolis City Council are completely out of touch when compared to other large cities statewide,” said Rep. Garofalo. “It is unacceptable that the Minneapolis City council continues to collect salaries in excess of $100,000. The fact that they do this as they move to defund police and fail to provide basic services for residents is unconscionable.”

As of 2021, Minneapolis City Council members earn $106,101 per year. City Councilors in the next four largest cities in the state earn salaries of:

House File 1469 was introduced on Monday and has been referred to the State Government Finance and Elections Committee.