STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Court rules against unallotment
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The Minnesota Supreme Court says Gov. Tim Pawlenty was wrong when he made unilateral budget cuts last summer.
The ruling, released this morning, technically only a covers... Posted on 5/5/10 at 6:45 AM
Whether Gov. Tim Pawlenty acted legally when he cut $2.7 million from the state budget last summer may rest on whether Minnesota Supreme Court justices think the Legislature has given the governor a right to trim budgets.
Bills to restrict a governor's ability to unilaterally cut budgets are being introduced in the Minnesota Legislature, and the state Supreme Court says it will accept cities' input when it considers the issue this spring.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty violated the state constitution when he cut a relatively small program as he tried to fix a $2.7 billion budget deficit this summer, a judge said in a ruling that could open the door to more legal challenges.
"Unallotment" is a strange word to most Minnesotans, although those who get state money know it well. In the coming months, Democrats are likely to drill home that word so all Minnesotans hear that Governor Tim Pawlenty unilaterally cut the state budget (known as unallotment),
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