Mark Dayton expands shutdown contingency proposal [UPDATE]

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Gov. Mark Dayton will expanded his list of essential services in a possible state government shutdown today, petitioning Ramsey County Court to include payments to health care and financial assistance workers providing services to those on state aid.

"We recognize the lack of assured provider payments could indeed lead to life threatening situations," Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson said in an e-mail. "The Governor's legal filing and contingency plans will be refined to reflect this."

The programs covered include Medicaid (Medical Assistance), MFIP/DWP, General Assistance, Minnesota Supplemental Aid, Refugee Cash Assistance, Group Residential Housing, MinnesotaCare, Food Support, Minnesota Food Assistance Program, and Adoption Assistance.

He'll file the request a day after four Republican senators asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to stop him from seeking a special master appointed by the court to keeping essential services funded.

Sean Nienow of Cambridge, Warren Limmer of Maple Grove, Scott Newman of Hutchinson and Roger Chamberlain of Lino Lakes say Dayton has set up a "constitutional crisis" because, by law, only the Legislature can appropriate and spend state money.

Dayton and Attorney General Lori Swanson have argued in their petitions that the governor has a responsibility to "protect the lives and safety of the people of Minnesota." [Original documents here.]

UPDATE: Ramsey County Judge Kathleen Gearin said this afternoon she will hear the state's arguments at 10 a.m. Thursday for keeping essential services open in the event of a shutdown.

Previously:

  • Republicans demand special session to deal with budget
  • Dayton will refuse salary during shutdown
  • Sen. David Hann calls Archbishop a socialist sympathizer
  • Dayton details essential services for shutdown contingency
  • Countdown to government shutdown: Who's to blame?
  • More: Countdown to Shutdown
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    Kirk the Conservative Jerk
    Kirk the Conservative Jerk

    Why wont he allow a special session? First Governor in 40 years to do such.They could pass a 30-60-90 day budget to allow government to remaining open while they continue their "food fight" when trying to pass a full budget.But they cant do this without the Governor allowing a special session.Why is he holding the poor/sick/elderly/disabled all "hostage"Call a special session Dayton!Pass temporary measures to allow government to remaining open!Stop holding the vulnerable public hostage Mr Dayton!Call a special session Dayton!Stop holding the vulnerable public hostage Mr Dayton!Call a special session Dayton!Stop holding the vulnerable public hostage Mr Dayton!Call a special session Dayton!Pass a 30-60-90 day budget to allow government to remaining open Mr. Dayton!

    Zeroisanumber
    Zeroisanumber

    "They could pass a 30-60-90 day budget to allow government to remaining open while they continue their "food fight" when trying to pass a full budget."

    I'd rather the shutdown than deal with two groups of idiots shouting political jibber-jabber at one another for months on end while posing for the cameras.

    Mn Voter
    Mn Voter

    Dayton is criminal in his deeds. He doesn't have the constitutional authority and is creating this unnecessary pain for the people for political gamesmanship. The un-intended consequences will be devasting, and Mark Dayton and Lori Swanson don't care who gets hurt.

    Zeroisanumber
    Zeroisanumber

    He'll do it, and if you're right they'll argue about it in court and a judge will tell him, "naughty naughty" a couple years from now.

    Myself, I'm for it because interrupting those services will probably end up costing a hell of a lot more than leaving them chugging along.

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