Dayton urges Senate to oust chief tax court judge

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Gov. Mark Dayton is asking the Minnesota Senate to remove a tax court judge who was sanctioned for misconduct earlier this month.

Politics in Minnesota reports Dayton has asked the chairman of the Taxes Committee to begin proceedings to remove Chief Tax Court Judge George Perez.

This month the Board on Judicial Standards disciplined and suspended Perez for a pattern of failing to issue rulings within the mandated timeframe. The Board also found Perez had backdated the filing dates on cases to make it look like he had ruled quickly, when it actually took him as long as 18 months to decide cases. Read the board's findings against Perez here.

PIM says Perez was first named to the tax court in 1997 but has been reappointed four times, most recently by Dayton. According to the Star Tribune, Dayton says in his letter to Senators that he would not have reappointed Perez had he known about the misconduct the board described.

The Legislature faces a deadline to adjourn by Monday night at midnight.

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