President Obama's staff, including Chief of Staff and Stillwater native Denis McDonough, will feel the effects of across-the-board federal spending cuts firsthand.
The $85 billion in cuts known as sequestration will hit most White House staffers with daylong furloughs over the next two weeks.
Commissioned officers, including McDonough, who, as assistants to the president don't qualify as leave-earners, will have to take a pay cut commensurate with the planned furlough.
White House staff declined to reveal the amount of McDonough's pay cut. The White House has not released a report on 2013 staff salaries, but McDonough's predecessor, Jacob Lew, was paid $172,200 in 2012.
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Robby Mook, national campaign manager for Hillary Clinton's White House bid, remained bullish on the 2016 campaign during a Star Tribune interview, despite the former Secretary of State's inauspicious start to the race, and the potential candidacy of Vice President Joe Biden.
During an MPR interview in front a live audience, Dayton reiterated his support for middle class tax cuts, a big boost in transportation funding and universal prekindergarten during next year's legislative session, all priorities he was unable to achieve in the 2015 session.