Dayton appeals ruling on legislative funding veto

Published 10:14 pm Monday, July 24, 2017

ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton is appealing a judge’s ruling that struck down his veto of the Legislature’s operating funding.

Dayton zeroed out budgets for the House and Senate this spring while signing the remainder of a $46 billion budget. The Democratic governor wanted to use that funding as leverage to rework costly tax cuts and other provisions.

But a Ramsey County judge nullified Dayton’s veto and restored the Legislature’s budget last week. Dayton followed up on his promise and appealed the case to the Minnesota Court of Appeals Monday.

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The case could eventually make its way up to the Minnesota Supreme Court. Dayton said he’s fighting to reverse major tax breaks he said would jeopardize the state’s financial footing.