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.