At Issue: September 10 - MN Supreme Court Ruling in Dayton Legislative Veto Lawsuit; Push to Attract New Amazon HQ to MN

September 10, 2017 11:00 PM

Minnesota Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Gov. Dayton, Line-Item Veto of Legislative Funding

Gov. Mark Dayton is declaring victory after a Minnesota Supreme Court ruling decided his line-item veto of legislative funding as constitutional. But this is anything but a clear-cut victory for anyone. 


The ruling Friday is counter to a lower-court ruling this summer that Dayton had acted unconstitutionally, but is not the last word in the case. The high court ordered the two sides to hire a mediator, by Tuesday, to resolve the dispute outside the courts.

RELATED: Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Legislature v. Dayton

The months-long legal battle arose this spring when Dayton line-item vetoed lawmakers' $130 million operating budget. Dayton says he wanted to force lawmakers to rework costly tax breaks and other measures he signed into law, but the Legislature instead sued.

Dayton said Friday he's pleased with the court's ruling and the order that the two sides go into mediation, saying he asked for just that when he made the veto.

Top Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature say they're ready to go to mediation. 

Minnesota Prepares Bid to Bring New Amazon Headquarters to State

Minnesota is joining the chase to land Amazon's second headquarters.

The e-commerce behemoth based in Seattle announced Thursday it's seeking to build a second headquarters, setting off a nationwide race. Dozens of cities and states are expected to compete. The company says it will spend $5 billion and could bring up to 50,000 jobs.

Gov. Mark Dayton said in a statement Thursday he's directing his administration to submit a proposal. State and local officials began meeting hours after Amazon's announcement to discuss how to recruit the company.

Amazon already has a small footprint in Minnesota. The company operates a distribution center in Shakopee and a small tech outpost in downtown Minneapolis.

Dayton says the state has already proven to Amazon that Minnesota is a great place to work and live.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Amanda Theisen

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