Gov. Mark Dayton said Friday he remains hopeful his dispute with Republican legislative leaders over funding for the House and Senate can be solved at the negotiating table, rather than the courtroom.
House Speaker Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-Nisswa) said last week they plan to sue the governor in order to restore legislative funding for the 2018-19 biennium that Dayton line-item vetoed from a state government finance bill May 30.
The governor said he has not yet engaged in “substantive legal discussions” regarding a potential legislative lawsuit, nor considered the potential ramifications on future governors and legislatures should such a legal case come forward.
A meeting with House and Senate leaders is tentatively scheduled for next week, he said.
Daudt and Gazelka have charged that the governor acted unconstitutionally in defunding the House and Senate, while Dayton has asserted the veto was within his rights.
The governor has said he will call a special session of the Legislature to restore the funds if lawmakers agree to amend portions of the tax and budget bills he signed into law late last month.
The items Dayton wants changed are:
Daudt has expressed an unwillingness to renegotiate bills that the governor has already signed.
“(Dayton) had his constitutional right to veto those bills if he did not like the language in them,” he said during a June 2 Legislative Coordinating Commission hearing. “He did not. He signed them.”
The state’s latest economic forecast projects a budget deficit of $188 million for the current two-year biennium, and a $586 million deficit for the 2020-21 biennium
The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of the Legislature’s 2018-19 operating budget.
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