Sen. Dave Senjem isn’t happy with the Minnesota Supreme Court’s ruling that Gov. Dayton was within his rights to veto the Legislature’s funding. That’s why he’s proposing putting a constitutional amendment on the 2018 ballot.

Because the legislature decides whether constitutional amendments are allowed on the ballot, Gov. Dayton doesn’t have a say in the matter. Further, this should frighten rural DFL legislators. Republicans should highlight the fact that this constitutional amendment is required because a) Gov. Dayton vetoed the funding and b)the Supreme Court got their ruling badly wrong. The first vote taken by the House will be to override Gov. Dayton’s line-item veto of the Legislature’s funding. If DFL legislators vote to sustain Gov. Dayton’s veto, they’ll be tarred and feathered and it’ll be deserved.

Sen. Senjem made a good point when he said “We’re not co-equal anymore because I believe the precedent has been set that yes, it’s OK for a governor to veto legislative appropriations, and there are no consequences, and I think that puts the Legislature in almost a subservient position.”

The Supreme Court got this wrong. Thanks to that ruling, the legislature has 2 terrible choices. Either they can cave to the governor’s demands or they can stop representing their constituents. Actually, there’s a third option. That third option is to spend down the money appropriated for the operation of the Legislative Auditor’s Office and the Revisor of Statutes’ office.

Spending down the money that’s supposed to run the OLA is terrible because they’re the state equivalent of the IG at the federal level. Should we shut down the office that caught April Todd-Malmlov mismanaging MNsure? Should we shut down the office that caught Ted Mondale and Michelle Kelm-Helgen using luxury suites at U.S. Bank Stadium to entertain friends, political allies and family?

It’s time to put this constitutional amendment on the ballot. It’s time to shame these Supreme Court justices for getting the decision wrong.

6 Responses to “It’s time to amend the Constitution”

  • Chad Q says:

    Don’t be so sure the GOP has this one in the bag and that the DFL will be tarred and feathered if they go along with the veto. Based on what I’ve heard and read around the metro, the DFL faithful are strongly in the governor’s corner on this and it is the nasty tax cutting GOP who did wrong. It’s all partisan politics and liberals know how to circle the wagons even when they’re wrong.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Key words in your comment are “around the metro.” If they weren’t in Gov. Dayton’s corner, I’d be surprised. Once you get beyond the outer ring suburbs, the DFL is in trouble. It’s been that way for 5 years. I won’t predict how rural DFL legislators will vote but I’ll predict that rural voters will punish rural DFL legislators that don’t vote for their interests.

  • Chad Q says:

    Again, the DFL will rally around the party in the metro and state wide. To them it’s better to have a DFLer in the elected position even if they don’t have the constituents best interests in mind than it is to have a GOPer who only votes for tax cuts and the rich, even if that’s not true. My rural parents are a perfect example of that.

  • Gary Gross says:

    What are you talking about? This is about amending the constitution.

  • Rex Newman says:

    My choice is to totally remove line item veto. It really hasn’t limited spending. And it can invite other mischief besides current mess. I prefer 201 reaching hard compromises over peevish retaliation by just 1 executive.

  • MtkaMoose says:

    I’m thinking the first order of business should be to pass a bill restoring legislative funding. After that gets signed the legislature should adjourn sine die. Then the governor would have to call them back to a special session for anything else!

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