2009-10: Mee Moua topped the list at $35,136. Capitol Report.

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2010: In 2010, the top per diem taker was former Sen. Mee Moua, D-St. Paul, who made news last year for her family’s financial problems. CBS Minnesota.

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2008: Sen. Mee Moua claimed $21,954 in per diem, the most of any senator, and effectively increased her compensation by 71 percent. Political Notebook.

2008: Lawmakers collect $31,140 in salary. In addition to that, the top Senate per diem recipient, Sen. Mee Moua, DFL-St. Paul, accepted $21,954 last year in per diem payments. Pioneer Press.

2010: The top claim in the Senate in 2010 came from former Sen. Mee Moua, DFL-St. Paul, who got $17,184. Pioneer Press.

When faced with financial difficulties at home, Mee Moua was the top per diem recipient in the Minnesota Senate. Between 2007 and 2010, she received an average of nearly $20,000 in total per diem Senate payments each year, according to state records. In 2012, most senators collected $7,000 to $10,000 in per diems.