- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s “very reluctant” to approve payment of a $200,000 settlement of a lawsuit against a state ethnic council after Republican lawmakers declined to sign off.

Dayton commented Monday on last week’s Legislative Advisory Commission vote in which Republicans objected to allocating money to end the defamation and discrimination lawsuit of a former state employee. Dayton said he plans to consult with advisers but was hesitant to overrule the panel, which cast a 3-2 party-line vote.

Without a settlement, the case could head to trial in December. Dayton’s top budget adviser warned of state exposure to more damages and attorney fees if there is a ruling against the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage.

A former employee claims she was discriminated against and driven out improperly.

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