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Dayton declares he won't call special session
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
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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.”

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With lawmakers deadlocked on light rail, still no special session
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Disagreement among top Minnesota lawmakers over state funding for the proposed Southwest light rail line continues to stand in the way of a potential special session, Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders said Friday.

Dayton, leaders say deal is near for August special session
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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, Daudt pessimistic on prospects for special session
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Little special session progress as legislative leaders, governor meet again
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Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders met for little more than an hour Wednesday in hopes of reaching a potential compromise on taxes, transportation and bonding that could then be passed by the Legislature.

Bonding bill that failed in session’s final moments gets first hearing
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After Monday’s tax veto, focus shifts to resurrecting nearly $1 billion bonding bill
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Now that the omnibus tax bill is off the table because of Gov. Mark Dayton’s pocket veto Monday, leverage for calling a special session seems to be moving toward resurrecting the capital investment bill, a casualty of the Legislature’s hurry-up-and-get-it done May 23 sine die deadline.

Tax bill standoff continues as House Republicans, Gov. Dayton stand firm
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No tax bill without special session, Dayton warns lawmakers
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Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday reaffirmed his position on a potential special session, saying if lawmakers don’t agree by Monday to hold a special session that he will not sign a $259 million package of tax cuts.

Rep. McNamara announces he will not seek re-election this fall
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The day after filings closed to seek a legislative seat, Rep. Denny McNamara (R-Hastings) announced he is not seeking re-election.

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