MN Supreme Court orders hearing on shutdown spending

Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea has scheduled a July 27th hearing on a legal challenge that questions whether a judge can authorize state spending. Several GOP state lawmakers filed the lawsuit in court on Friday. They question whether Ramsey County Judge Kathleen Gearin has the constitutional authority to determine which state programs can continue during the government shutdown. Gearin has ruled that certain programs like prisons, the state patrol and subsidized heatlh insurance for the poor are essential services.

The four senators and two representatives say the Minnesota Constitution forbids any state spending unless it’s authorized by the Minnesota Legislature.

Here’s the briefing schedule.

  • Laura Hermanson

    If Dayton is proposing to take away tens of thousands of Health Insurance thats not fair to people who have low income and aren’t able to work. They’re people who have disabilities and get money each month such as myself there are thousands of individuals who’s to get by each day especially who has disabilities like me. people who have low income are getting funding from Section 8 Housing that help pay part of rent which I have and don’t want to loose that and my disability money.

    Please take this in consideration that I’m so worried loosing my MA health insurance, Disability money, and Section 8 funding in Aug 2011 I want to know will those be effected due to the shutdown? Thank you for taking the time to read this.

  • Tom Scheck


    Based on my understanding, all of the programs you mentioned will continue to be funded. You should contact your social services provider to be sure though.