Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says he’s been researching possible legal action against the federal government if the shutdown continues. “We’re prepared to take full use of the legal system to enforce the contracts and the commitments that the federal government has made,” he says.
Ellison wouldn’t speculate about exactly what his office might do, but says at the right and proper time they’ll proceed. “We’re working with the governor right now,” he says. “This is a team effort. We’re working with legislative partners. We’re talking with our federal delegation. We talking with attorneys-general around this country, but we’re prepared to take legal action.” Ellison indicates a multi-state lawsuit is one possibility.