Case: Brayton v. Pawlenty

09-cv-11693 | Minnesota state trial court

Filed Date: Nov. 3, 2009

Closed Date: 2010

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Case Summary

On November 3, 2009, six Minnesota residents who qualify for payments under the Minnesota Supplemental Aid--Special Diet Program brought an action seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against the State of Minnesota in the District Court of Minnesota, Second Judicial District, Ramsey County. Plaintiffs challenged the validity of reductions made by the executive to unexpended allotments of funds appropriated for the Special Diet Program for the 2010-2011 biennium; July 1, 2009 through June …

On November 3, 2009, six Minnesota residents who qualify for payments under the Minnesota Supplemental Aid--Special Diet Program brought an action seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against the State of Minnesota in the District Court of Minnesota, Second Judicial District, Ramsey County. Plaintiffs challenged the validity of reductions made by the executive to unexpended allotments of funds appropriated for the Special Diet Program for the 2010-2011 biennium; July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2011. The Governor authorized the cuts to to avoid deficit spending.

Plaintiffs claim that the reductions in allotments to the Special Diet Program violate the terms of the "unallotment statute", Minn. Stat. § 16A.152, subd. 4, and are unconstitutional as a violation of separation of powers.

On December 30, 2009, the District Court of Minnesota (Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin) enjoined Defendants from reducing the allotment to the Special Diet Program, retroactive to November 1, 2009, until further order of the court.

The parties stipulated to an expedited appeal of the district court's decision. On May 5, 2010, in a published opinion, the Minnesota Supreme Court (Chief Justice Eric L. Magnuson) affirmed the district court's decision, but not on the separation of powers argument. Rather, the Court ruled that the Governor's allotment reductions since July 2009 were not authorized by the unallotment statute, Minn. Stat. § 16A.152, subd. 4, because they were taken before the legislative and executive branches had enacted a balanced budget. The reductions were therefore voided. Ramsey County v. Pawlenty, 781 N.W. 2d 357 (Minn. 2010).

Summary Authors

Xin Chen (6/29/2011)

People


Judge(s)

Gearin, Kathleen (Minnesota)

Magnuson, Eric J. (Minnesota)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Garry, John S. (Minnesota)

Gilbert, Alan I. (Minnesota)

Harrington, Jeffrey J. (Minnesota)

Herr, David F. (Minnesota)

Krueger, Matthew D. (District of Columbia)

Mason, Ralonda J. (Minnesota)

Robinson, Galen (Minnesota)

Swanson, Lori (Minnesota)

Judge(s)

Gearin, Kathleen (Minnesota)

Magnuson, Eric J. (Minnesota)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Garry, John S. (Minnesota)

Gilbert, Alan I. (Minnesota)

Harrington, Jeffrey J. (Minnesota)

Herr, David F. (Minnesota)

Krueger, Matthew D. (District of Columbia)

Mason, Ralonda J. (Minnesota)

Robinson, Galen (Minnesota)

Swanson, Lori (Minnesota)

Other Attorney(s)

Carlson, Martin A. (Minnesota)

Roulet, Charles D. (Minnesota)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Order

2009 WL 5150309

Dec. 30, 2009 Order/Opinion

Amended Order

2009 WL 5150334

Dec. 30, 2009 Order/Opinion

Brief of Amici Curiae Rep. Tom Emmer, [...]

Minnesota state supreme court

2009 WL 545163

Feb. 9, 2010 Pleading / Motion / Brief

Appellants' Brief

Minnesota state supreme court

2009 WL 545162

Feb. 9, 2010 Pleading / Motion / Brief

Brief of Amici Curiae Professors of Constitution Law and Separation of Powers

Minnesota state supreme court

2009 WL 545164

Feb. 9, 2010 Pleading / Motion / Brief

Respondents' Brief

Minnesota state supreme court

2009 WL 770968

Feb. 23, 2010 Pleading / Motion / Brief

Brief of Amici Curiae Common Cause, Minnesota and League of Women Voters Minnesota

Minnesota state supreme court

Feb. 23, 2010 Pleading / Motion / Brief

Opinion (Minnesota Supreme Court)

Ramsey County v. Pawlenty

Minnesota state supreme court

781 N.W.2d 357

May 5, 2010 Order/Opinion

Docket

Last updated May 12, 2022

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: Minnesota

Case Type(s):

Public Benefits/Government Services

Key Dates

Filing Date: Nov. 3, 2009

Closing Date: 2010

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Plaintiffs are participants in Minnesota's Special Diet Program whose benefitswerere terminated because of allotment reductions made by the state government.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Governor of the State of Minnesota, State

Commissioner, State

Commissioner (, State

Commissioner, State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

State law

Availably Documents:

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Unknown

Source of Relief:

Litigation