ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s highest court has dismissed a petition from four Republican state senators seeking to prevent the judicial branch from authorizing state spending in a government shutdown.

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the matter properly belongs before a lower court.

Ramsey County Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin is scheduled to hold the first hearing Thursday in a shutdown case brought by Attorney General Lori Swanson.

The senators have also filed paperwork in that case, outlining their position that court-ordered funding for critical services would violate the constitutional separation of powers.

A host of other groups are asking Gearin to keep their funding flowing, including the League of Minnesota Cities. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says cities would have trouble keeping police and firefighters on the job if state aid dries up.

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Comments (7)
  1. What??? says:

    I cannot wait to see all the posts that call the courts liberals because of this. This is always said from the GOP as if the judges rule with their emotions instead of going by the letter of the law.

  2. Ronald Raygun says:

    Dirty republican filth foiled again.

  3. Citizen says:

    Arrogance on the part of these 4 GOPers to think they could push their way right to the Minnesota Supreme Court without using the route that everyone else has to use to get there–go through the lower courts, first. Arrogance and more arrogance.

  4. Victim Du Jour says:

    According to the Constitution, only the legislative branch has the power to spend state money.

    It’s basic 7th Grade Civics

    1. NickWatney says:

      Since 5 of the 7 current Supreme Court Justices were appointed by Republicans, one by an independent and one got his position by non-partisan election to an open seat, perhaps the Court needs more Democrats and liberals, eh?

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        They are appointed from a short list created by the Minnesota Bar Association.

        Judges are suppose to be elected, that’s one reason why our Government is such a freak parade.

  5. Village Idiot says:

    I was hoping that they would release all of the prisoners, sex offenders and the mentally ill and dangerous to see what mayhem would erupt. Hoping for a bus to bring them all to Warren Limmer’s district was was maybe too much to ask for.

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