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Judge keeps some executive branch work open in Minnesota budget shutdown


ST. PAUL -- A judge this morning ordered part of the Minnesota executive branch to remain operating even if there is no budget in place Friday.

Failure to fund the executive branch, even for a short time, "nullifies these constitutional offices, which in turn contravenes the Minnesota Constitution," Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin of Ramsey County wrote.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.