Six Minnesotans sue Pawlenty over budget cuts

During his tenure, Gov. Tim "no new taxes" Pawlenty has rankled liberals with his budget cuts to myriad social services. Now six residents are upping the ante and suing T-Paw over unilateral budget cuts he made without legislative approval.

The lawsuit, which names Pawlenty and three of this cabinet members, tests an obsure executive power called unallotment, whereby the governor can trim the budget without legislative approval. Pawlenty earlier in the year when he slashed $2.7 billion from the state's two-year budget. Claiming that unallotment violates the separation of powers, the lawsuit seeks class-action status for those who will lose state aid for medically prescribed diets and renters who will see their property tax refunds dwindle due to the cuts.