GOP Legislature Warns it Could Soon Run Out of Money if No Agreement With Dayton Reached

GOP Legislature Warns it Could Soon Run Out of Money if No Agreement With Dayton Reached Photo: KSTP

September 19, 2017 10:50 AM

A report filed by attorneys for the Republican-led Legislature says lawmakers will have to start furloughing employees in December and shut down completely by February unless there's a resolution to a legal battle with Gov. Mark Dayton over its operating budget.

RELATED: State Supreme Court Rules Dayton's Veto of Legislative Funding Constitutional; Orders Mediation

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Top Republicans and the DFL governor have been locked in a legal battle for months over Dayton's decision to veto the Legislature's operating budget after the session concluded in late May.

A lower court ruled that move unconstitutional, but the Minnesota Supreme ordered the two sides into mediation.

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

The Star Tribune said the report notes that if Dayton's veto is not overturned and legislative funding restored, the Senate will run out of money on Dec. 1 and the House on Feb. 1, 2018. Dayton and his attorneys dispute some of the Legislature's calculations.

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