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Court gives governor extraordinary powers

Court gives governor extraordinary powers

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday backed Gov. Mark Dayton’s veto of the Legislature’s operating budget, ending a half-year political dispute. The court said the other two branches of government will have to resolve this issue on their own.

Dayton wants to roll back Republican-passed tax breaks and other laws he opposed but signed into law anyway. What he has now set up is a pending legislative session at which lawmakers are likely to do little, or nothing, until they know they can operate their chambers.

The court’s decision does decidedly tilt the relationship between the governor (and future governors) and the Legislature toward the executive branch. Any governor can now zero out the funding for a Legislature he disagrees with. That doesn’t exactly create co-equal branches of government as envisioned by those who founded the United States as well as our own state.

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