The Minnesota Legislature has hired a private law firm to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton's line-item veto of funding for the House and Senate.
A committee of legislative leaders voted 7-2 to hire an attorney, a dispute that could likely head to court.
Dayton zeroed out the Legislature's budget while signing the rest of a $46 billion budget earlier this week, aiming to get top lawmakers back to the Capitol to slim down a $650 million tax bill.
"I frankly think in St. Paul your word has to mean something. I would love to sit down with the Governor but I will not sit down with the Governor and renegotiate something he already agreed to," said Kurt Daudt, Republican House Speaker.
A committee of top lawmakers approved hiring Minneapolis firm Kelley, Wolter and Scott, who have agreed to take on the case for $325 per hour.
Two DFL lawmakers on the committee called for mediation instead.
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