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.

Read the opinion.

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  • […] This session poses additional challenges advancing much-needed actions for Greater Minnesota students given the strife between legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton. Just two days after MREA members approved the agenda, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in favor of Dayton in the lawsuit between him and the legislature related to the governor’s line-item veto of the operating budget. The implications for the 2018 session are severe. Read about the lawsuit and ruling. […]