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  [MN] GOP legislators, voters group will ask court to block spending during a shutdown
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Last EditedRP  Jun 20, 2011 05:12pm
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AuthorEric Black
News DateFriday, June 17, 2011 02:40:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionOn Monday, four Republican state senators and the Minnesota Voters Alliance will ask the state Supreme Court to declare that neither the state courts nor the governor has the constitutional authority to order unappropriated state funds be used to enable state agencies to perform their “core functions” in case the budget impasse turns into a partial government shutdown on July 1.

If that argument prevails, the portion of state government activity that could go dark in two weeks would be much greater than would occur under the existing proposals of either Gov. Mark Dayton or Attorney General Lori Swanson.

In fact, the attorney for the senators concedes, his argument could lead to the almost unimaginable scenario in which state prisons and mental hospitals would have to shut down, possibly causing convicted felons to be set free and severely handicapped Minnesotans to be turned out of state facilities.
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