GOP Disappointed State Supreme Court upheld Dayton Veto 17 Nov 17

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican legislative leaders are disappointed that the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of the Legislature’s operating budget.

After the ruling was posted Thursday, GOP House Speaker Kurt Daudt said of the justices, “We had hoped they would end this debacle and they did not.”

And Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said he was shocked. He said the high court did not recognize the hardship ahead for the Legislature as the money dries up.

House Democratic leader Melissa Hortman says the governor and Legislature need to return to the bargaining table as soon as possible.

So does Democratic Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk. If they don’t deal with the “toxic” political environment, he says, the upcoming legislative session will be “the biggest do-nothing session we’ve ever seen.”