Newspaper article MinnPost.com

Dayton: There Won't Be a Special Session in 2016

Newspaper article MinnPost.com

Dayton: There Won't Be a Special Session in 2016

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Gov. Mark Dayton said he won't call a special session of the Minnesota Legislature, after months of negotiations failed produce any movement on an impasse over light rail transit funding.

After a brief meeting between Dayton and top leaders in the Legislature Thursday, Dayton said negotiations hadn't progressed since the final night of the 2016 session, when a one-time transportation funding bill and nearly $1 billion package of bonding projects blew up over whether a funding mechanism for light rail was included.

In the weeks after session ended, Dayton also vetoed a $260 million package of tax cuts because the bill included a drafting error surrounding taxation of bingo halls that would cost the state $100 million over the next three years.

Without the special session, all of those proposals will have to wait until next year. …

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