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Dayton, leaders say deal is near for August special session
By Jonathan Avise
House Speaker Kurt Daudt, voices optimism at the prospect of a special session after meeting with Gov. Mark Dayton, right, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith (not pictured) and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, left, July 15. Photo by Paul Battaglia

Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders said Friday they expect to hold a special session in mid- to late-August to pass at least a corrected tax bill and public works borrowing bill.

Dayton, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, House Speaker Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) met for roughly two hours in St. Paul, and announced afterwards that they are nearing agreement on major issues that have deadlocked lawmakers since legislators adjourned their regular session nearly two months ago.

Daudt said legislative leaders are working toward finding agreement in time for a special session to be held the third week of August.

“We’re not totally there,” Daudt told reporters, “but we’re making very good progress.”

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