The League supports the bill partly because it would give cities local control over compensation decisions.
Support for the bill
Testifying in support of the bill was Rochester Councilmember Patrick Keane. He described challenges Rochester has had recruiting and retaining staff.
League staff also testified in support of the bill, stressing that:
- Decisions in employee compensation should be made by city councils.
- The waiver process, which involves a state agency determination, does not allow for adequate consideration of local needs and circumstances.
During the hearing, Rep. Duane Quam (R-Byron) offered an amendment to increase the current cap from $180,927 to $200,000 and resume inflationary adjustments in 2023. The amendment was not adopted.
For more background information about this bill, read a previous article.