The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Gov. Tim Pawlenty exceeded his executive authority when he unalloted $2.7 billion in state spending last summer. Click here to Download Unallotment decision
Reaction has been swift by the governor and area lawmakers. The governor issued the following statement shortly after the decision was released.
"I strongly disagree with this 4-3 decision by the court. Nonetheless it will require the legislature and my administration to address its budget impacts. The funds do not exist to reinstate my unallotments and the state budget needs to be balanced without raising taxes. I call upon the DFL-controlled legislature to ratify the unallotments I enacted last year.
"I will fight to reduce spending and taxes in Minnesota and that battle continues. My commitment to the people of Minnesota remains the same: we will balance the budget without raising taxes."
Democrats hailed the court's decision.
"I am really delighted that the court recognizes that the governor did not have the authority to do what he did. I think that is important not so much for this budget but for future generations to maintain the balance of power among the branches of government," said Rep. Tina Liebling, DFL-Rochester.
Senate Minority Leader Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, said he was disappointed by the decision.
"Am I disappointed? Yes because I do think irrespective of who the governor is if the legislature can't put forward a budget proposal that is acceptable to the governor then the governor should have the right to make the proper adjustments," Senjem said.