MN - Dayton Veto

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The Minnesota Supreme Court said Friday that Gov. Mark Dayton’s veto of the Legislature’s budget was constitutional and ordered the two sides into mediation, a setback for Republican legislative leaders in their legal fight with the Democratic governor.

The high court’s order gives Dayton and legislative leaders until Tuesday to hire a mediator to work out their differences to secure permanent funding for the Legislature — or else the court would find one for them.

Delivered late Friday afternoon, the Supreme Court’s was nuanced. It said Dayton’s action was constitutional, yet didn’t explicitly reverse a lower court’s decision that nullified the governor’s line-item veto as an unconstitutional violation of the separation of powers.

Instead, the high court hoped the two sides could reach a verdict through court-ordered mediation, shying away from the months-long legal battle between the branches of government that stems from the messy end of the legislative session this spring.


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