Senate petitions court to join shutdown lawsuit, while courts sue to stay open

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GOP members of a Senate panel have passed a resolution authorizing the entire body to intervene in the lawsuit filed by Gov. Mark Dayton to keep essential services running in the case of a government shutdown. Today, the courts filed their own petition begging legislators and the governor to keep the courts open.

How the heck is this nightmare going to get resolved? It's really getting crazy here in Minnesota.

Yesterday's resolution, which passed on a 6-3 party line vote, comes after petitions earlier this week from both Attorney General Lori Swanson and the governor. Sen. Majority Leader Amy Koch said that the petition allows the state legislature a voice at the table. Sen. Minority Leader Tom Bakk said he could not support it, because it didn't outline a position on the lawsuit.

So far, a government shutdown is looking increasingly likely. Last week, Dayton told a gathering of journalists that he was not optimistic that a shutdown would be avoided. And government workers are preparing for the worst: sending out letters to let people know how they'll be affected if the statehouse lights go dark.

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Guy
Guy

This is why I voted for Horner. Does anyone remember when we had a chance to elect a reasonable moderate who would have made compromise between the two parties his top priority? But no, only the loudest voices, regardless of their message, get heard, so anyone who attempts to walk the middle path gets drowned out by the partisan noise. The voters in this state have only themselves to blame for this looming shutdown.

Zeroisanumber
Zeroisanumber

We elect a meathead governor and a pack of populist idiots drunk on Austrian School economics to the statehouse and we wonder why there's a train wreck at the capitol.

Jeremy B
Jeremy B

Do you honestly believe there could be anything you could legitimately call a compromise with the current legislature? They're basically holding the state hostage and threatening political/economic murder-suicide unless they get their way. What would Horner do that Dayton hasn't?

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

At least Horner would have accepted and signed into law the $34,000,000,000 budget (a two billion increase over last budget) that Dayton has veto'd in order to create this mess! Dayton is a mental mess and needs to resign.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

To MB: there is no reply on your message.I hope the Republican legislators give in and raise the taxes: across the board. Then deliver on their promise to cut the budget - say by 20%. Then add in the removal of public employee unions in minnesota. Do you think the Gov will sign then?

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

So he would have done exactly what the Republicans wanted?   That isn't a compromise.   You might want to look up what the term means.   Dayton got the most votes of any Minnesota elected official last election after running on raising taxes on the rich.   It's what the people want.  Poll after poll show this is what the public wants.  How is this so hard to understand?  

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