This morning, Ramsey County District Court Judge Kathleen Gearin issued an order declaring that Local Government Aid must be paid regardless of a government shutdown.
Judge Gearin’s order on LGA was included in a broader court order directing what government functions should be funded in the event of a government shutdown. Her decision orders the Commissioner of the Department of Management and Budget to make any payments that are statutorily appropriated. She specifically orders that Local Government Aid should be paid. Although LGA and school payments are the only aids specifically mentioned, we read the language of the order to mean that other standing and statutory appropriations such as the Market Value Homestead Credit and Utility Valuation Transition Aid must be paid as well.
A copy of the order can be found here.