Senate Prepares Court Action


The Minnesota Senate prepared to join a court case in a government shutdown to keep “open options for the Senate to have a seat at the table” according to GOP Majority Leader Amy Koch.  DFL Minority Leader Tom Bakk remarked in Rules Committee “For me I can’t support intervening unless I know what our position is going to be.”  After a party-line vote on a resolution, Koch clarified “I’m not interested in a lawsuit” and they haven’t decided how much or how little state government the Senate would ask the courts to keep running after July first. 

Republican lawmakers are expressing frustration with Gov. Mark Dayton’s shutdown plan that would stop payments to schools and health care providers.  GOP leaders provided a new budget offer to back off all of their tax cuts of $200 million and asked the governor to back off his income tax increases in return.   So it’s not a huge offer numerically to bridge the $1.8 billion dollar difference, but it is a philosophical move.  Dayton called the offer “extremely, extremely disappointing, one of the most disappointing moments of this entire legislative session” because he had high expectations of movement on an overall budget number.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Claire Lundgren on 06/19/2011 - 10:34 pm.

    It is not fair to the voters, who put this legislature and Governor in office, to hold them hostage rather than actually perform the job of governing. This is not the time to be prideful. It’s time they all grew up and acted like responsible adults! They need to find that middle ground.

  2. Submitted by will lynott on 06/20/2011 - 09:31 pm.

    Dayton has already found it. Watching the Rs look for it is reminiscent of Bush looking in his desk drawers for the WMD. Not funny then, not funny now.

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