Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Lorie Gildea is weighing in on what should be done with the shutdown-related lawsuits piling up against Gov. Mark Dayton's administration.
Several lawsuits, including one by Canterbury Park, have been filed in several different counties. Dayton's attorney, David Lillehaug, is asking the courts to order all lawsuits related to the shutdown to be heard before Ramsey County Judge Kathleen Gearin. Consolidating the cases would be more efficient and lessen the burden on the governor and Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter, Lillehaug said.
In an order issued Thursday, Gildea instructed anyone wishing to respond to Lillehaug's argument to contact the clerk of the Minnesota Court of Appeals by noon today.
In his motion, Lillehaug said assigning the cases to Gearin "is not only advisable, it is necessary to prevent the waste of party and judicial resources, unmanageable litigation, and inconsistent judgments."
Besides Canterbury Park, the Minnesota Zoo and Minnesota Harness Racing are suing the Minnesota Management and Budget. All of the parties are concerned about lost revenue during a shutdown, which would come during the upcoming 4th of July weekend.
Gearin ruled Wednesday that only core critical functions of government would continue during a shutdown. She said the zoo should close and said state regulators who oversee horseracing were not essential.
No corporation run by Republicans should be allowed to sue over this great Republican victory. Tomorrow we will have limited government.