MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A pair of Minnesota Republican lawmakers is suing the state’s budget agency in an attempt to halt pay raises for state employees.

Reports say Rep. Marion O’Neill, R-Maple Lake, and Sen. Mark Koran, R-North Branch, have asked a Ramsey County Judge to strike down a decision by the Minnesota Management and Budget to give government employees a 2.5% raise in July.

The Senate Republican majority voted to postpone the pay hike amid the pandemic, but Gov. Tim Walz's administration ruled that legislators did not have the authority to modify the pay raise.

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