Minnesota House has already spent more than budgeted for per diem
May 2, 2012 — 5:42pm
The Minnesota House has already spent more for per diem -- those daily expense payments lawmakers get -- than it had budget for the year.
And the session is still going on.
The House budgeted $663,095 for per diem. It has already spent $669,257 on them.
House leaders had planned to end the session by April 30 but blew through that self-imposed deadline. It's not clear now when session would end.
Being over budget won't mean that members will stop getting their daily expense payments, House Republican spokesman Jodi Boyne said. The House is under budget in some other areas so members will be taken care of.
"There is enough money to handle the additional per diem costs," Boyne said
Here's the tally of how much each member has received so far:
Gov. Mark Dayton indicated Tuesday the strong possibility of a special legislative session next month to help Mille Lacs resorts and other area businesses that could face tough times if the walleye season is cut short, as seems likely.