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Dayton, Daudt pessimistic on prospects for special session
By Jonathan Avise
Governor Dayton Media Availability 6/21/16

A potential special session appears to be no closer following a meeting Tuesday between Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders.

Dayton, a DFLer, said he believes negotiations with legislative Republicans are “moving backwards” as the two sides wrestle over how to resolve an impasse on a $1 billion bonding bill and a vetoed $259 million tax relief bill.

With the 2016 session now nearly a month past and a looming November election that sees all 201 legislative seats up for grabs, Dayton said he has no deadline for reaching an agreement with lawmakers to call a special session.

But, speaking with reporters following Tuesday’s roughly hour-long meeting, Dayton expressed little optimism that the two sides were close to striking a deal.

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Rep. McNamara announces he will not seek re-election this fall
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Dayton lays out his demands for potential special session
By Jonathan Avise

Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday laid out a lengthy wish list to state lawmakers that he said must be met before he’ll agree to sign into law a $259 million tax cut package passed last month or call the Legislature into special session.

2016 session goes sine die, but will loose ends mean a special session?
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No bonding bill after chaotic close to 2016 legislative session
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House and Senate lawmakers failed late Sunday to pass a roughly $1 billion borrowing package for public works projects across the state — traditionally the centerpiece of even-year legislative years — in the chaotic final minutes of the 2016 session.

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