At Issue: Oct. 1 - MN Supreme Courts Demands More Financial Documents in Dayton vs. Lawmakers Case

October 01, 2017 10:11 PM

MN Supreme Courts Demands More Financial Documents in Dayton v. Lawmakers Case

The Minnesota Supreme Court is ordering both Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders to file new financial reports in their ongoing legal battle. Both sides need to update the court on how much money the Legislature has and when that funding could run out if more isn't approved.

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The Legislature originally told the court the Senate will run out of money on Dec. 1 and the House would be out by Feb. 1. But Dayton contends both sides will have enough to operate until the new legislative session begins Feb. 20 if they use money from the Legislative Coordinating Commission.

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Dayton abruptly left a mediation session last week after learning the Legislature may turn to that option.

In a one-on-one interview, Tom Hauser asked Dayton about accusations Republican House and Senate leaders have made that he's more angry about this move not abolishing the Legislature. 

"I never wanted to abolish the Legislature," Dayton said. "I'm following the Minnesota constitution, which is what the Supreme Court ruled I did, which is I can line-item veto anything, including legislative funding."

The court has given both sides until Oct. 5 to file those financial reports. The governor originally cut off funding to the House and Senate as a way to get lawmakers to renegotiate portions of the tax bill he ended up signing into law. 

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