ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is asking a judge to order that Minnesota’s courts continue to operate if state government shuts down on July 1.

Swanson filed the petition in Ramsey County District Court Friday. She says a shutdown of the judicial branch “would deprive Minnesota citizens of the rights guaranteed under the Minnesota and United States Constitutions.”

The shutdown is looming as Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders have failed to agree on a new two-year state budget that must be in place July 1 to avoid a shutdown. Dayton has also argued in laying out his list of critical services in a shutdown that courts should continue to operate.

A hearing on the governor’s and attorney general’s shutdown petitions is scheduled for June 23.

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Comments (21)
  1. Joe Hanson says:

    Why not keep everything open. We have enough revenue. It’s only because of Governor Mark Dayton greed that he is leading Minnesota to a Government shutdown.

    1. David J. Conklin says:

      We don’t have enough revenue to keep everything open –that’s why we are almost 2billions short on the budget.

      1. John says:

        @David: you just said it. we don’t have money so what do we do? cut spending!

      2. Joe Hanson says:

        So what are these services and programs that require an additional $2 billion? Governor Dayton has been unable and/or unwilling to specify.

        1. John says:

          so we already in 6 billion dollars debt and now he wants additional 2 billions? and he is a CEO of MN? LMAO.

  2. jimluumanh says:

    It’s all the Governor’s fault!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GREEDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Give me liberty says:

    Recall now before even more damage is done

  4. debbi says:

    too bad we cannot have one united govenment–no dem no reb, just 1 group who has the interests of the people of this country at heart—until then, the turmoil of this country will never end–no one is ever going to “fix” anything the way government is run now

    1. Give me liberty says:

      I think eveyone should be able to agree with debbi’s comments. Too many special interests involved for anyone to do the right thing. If they try to do the right thing, their reward is to be attacked by the special interests with smear campaigns in the next election. This whole government shut down is probably some sort of pay back to the bill Gov. Thompson passed in Wisconsin, wouldn’t put it past the unions.

      1. David J. Conklin says:

        The unions have nothing to do with our shut-down.

    2. no commies says:

      Like China or North Korea does?

      Is that what you are suggesting?

  5. jimluumanh says:

    I don’t undertand why the Governator wants to shutdown and ask for few offices to open??? If the Governator wants to make his point, then just shutdown everything. NO NEW TAXES PLEASE and CUT SPENDING!!

    1. David J. Conklin says:

      How about getting the top to pay their fair share?

      1. Xman says:

        How about cut spending period! it’s easy for you to say because you’re not on the top 2%. I am not on the top 2%, but I put myself on the other fence… why would some of us work so hard so few others can stay home and collect welfare? Cut spending and reduce welfare that will fix the whole budget problem.

      2. Dennis says:

        Fair share? The bottom 50% of earners only pay in ~2% of Federal income tax. I’m sure the states draw isn’t much different. How about we tax the bottom 50% at all to increase the states income. Who’s not paying their fair share?

  6. Ronald Raygun says:

    Why do republicans hate america?

    1. David J. Conklin says:

      Good question!

  7. Brian says:

    How is the court system deemed essential? Judges aren’t guarding prisons or walking a beat on the street enforcing the law. Shut it down. Let the lawmakers field the angry phone calls and e-mails from the public. This whole thing is their fault. You’ve got special interest groups and lobbyists pulling the strings. Oddly enough, it’s much like the attorneys who muddy the waters in court, distorting the truth to accomplish their own ends. SHUT IT ALL DOWN.

  8. Blue says:

    Rep & Dem don’t not hate America! Dem wants big Government and in taxes.

  9. Victim Du Jour says:

    She says a shutdown of the judicial branch “would deprive Minnesota citizens of the rights guaranteed under the Minnesota and United States Constitutions.”

    Like Judges even pay attention to the constitution, that’s a laugh.

    Just look at all the crimes you can be charged with for free speech.

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