No Mediation In MN Shutdown-Both Branches Must “Excercise Discretion”

Ramsey County District Judge Kathleen Gearin

Ramsey County District Judge Kathleen Gearin

Ramsey County District Judge Kathleen Gearin

There will be no mediator helping Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Republican leaders negotiate the budget standoff that is threatening to shutdown the state’s government. Ramsey County District Court Judge Kathleen Gearin has denied the Governor’s request to appoint a mediator.

Judge Gearin wrote “the motion for the Court to order the executive branch and the legislative branch to engage in mandatory mediation is denied as it would violate separation of powers principals.”

She added “The give and take necessary to reach a compromise resulting in a budget that the Governor will sign requires both branches to exercise discretion.”

Judge Gearin still has not ruled on what, if any, portions of state government will be funded should there not be a budget in place by July 1st.
Judge Gearin Order Denying Mediation in MN Shutdown

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