Courts to enter soon on shutdown

The news today in the preparation for a July first government shutdown moves to the courts.  As the Attorney General filed a court petition to fund certain essential government services, DFL Governor Mark Dayton’s office announced it “will file its own petition to the court, along with the critical services as designated by our contingency planning, this week.”   The governor retained former U.S. Attorney David Lillehaug as Special Counsel to advise the governor on issues relating to the potential shutdown.  Accord to Dayton “Lillehaug’s representation is limited to that subject and is pro bono (without cost to the state).  He will not be acting as General Counsel or representing other state officers and agencies.”   

 

GOP Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch will reconvene a legislative commission on Wednesday, today she added:  “According to recent media reports, Governor Mark Dayton’s administration has been compiling ‘a shutdown plan largely in secret,’ and the details of these shutdown plans have yet to be publicly released. The lack of transparency by the Dayton administration is unacceptable. The citizens of Minnesota deserve to know who will be affected most by Governor Dayton’s decision to shutdown state government.”

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