Constitutional fight escalates between Gov. Mark Dayton, Legislature
June 1, 2017
State lawmakers prepared Wednesday to hire an outside lawyer to represent their interests as a political dispute with Gov. Mark Dayton snowballs into a constitutional crisis.
The DFL governor on Tuesday vetoed the Legislature’s operating budget in an effort to force Republican legislative leaders to reopen disputes over taxes, education policy and immigration. That followed a decision by Republicans just days earlier to approve a bill that would have terminated funds for Dayton’s Department of Revenue had the governor not signed off on their tax cuts.