The Minnesota Supreme Court today issued a ruling in favor of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton in the lawsuit brought by the legislature against his line-item veto of their operating budget.
The court’s opinion was divided, but the majority found that since the legislature can tap into Legislative Coordinating Commission (LCC) funding between now and the start of the 2018 session that the line-item veto isn’t an unconstitutional violation of separate, co-equal branches of government.
While Gov. Dayton may be celebrating today’s ruling, it certainly didn’t sit well with legislative leaders. The toxic relationship that has developed between the Governor and GOP leaders worsens even further.
The implications for the 2018 session are severe. It will be difficult for the various parties to find common ground on legislation when their first order of business will be reinstating their budget and having to potentially come up with a bi-partisan vote to override a veto.