By Mike Cook
With Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk at his side, Gov. Mark Dayton announces Aug. 18 that he is no longer seeking a special legislative session. Photo by Paul Battaglia
Funding for a light rail line has derailed plans for a special session that would have addressed three key issues left unresolved during the 2016 session: bonding, taxes and transportation.
After an approximately 30-minute meeting on Thursday, Gov. Mark Dayton said he and legislative leaders could not reach agreement on all issues needed for the state’s top-elected official to call legislators back to St. Paul to finish work not completed earlier this year.
“Given that the disagreements remain what they were at the end of the legislative session three months ago, I’m not going to call a special session; I’m not going to pursue it any further,” Dayton said.
House Speaker Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) called Dayton’s decision to walk away “sandbox politics, not leadership. It’s time to stop acting like children and we shouldn’t throw our sucker in the dirt and walk away.”