Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton tells reporters Monday, May 23, 2016, that he will consider calling legislators back in to a special sessioin. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Mixed Legislative Results: Losers Complain

Perhaps library lobbyist Elaine Keefe put it best: “The 2016 legislative session has ended with very mixed results.” After every Minnesota legislative session, there are winners and losers. But in the session that ended with the final bill passing just before midnight Sunday, there appears to be a bigger split than usual. And many an…
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Messy Ending? Check. Special Session? We’ll See

The Minnesota Legislature has built a reputation for chaotic endings, followed by a special session to pass what lawmakers left undone in their allotted time. Sunday’s midnight deadline continued legislators’ chaos tradition, but the question is whether Gov. Mark Dayton will call a special session to get $1 billion for transportation and other public works…
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Members of the Minnesota House follow debate Sunday, May 22, 2016, on one of the final bills they will consider this year. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Tick Tock, Tick Tock: Chaotic Last Minutes Of 2016 Legislature

  Shouts, desperate attempts to make last-minute changes and general chaos ended late Sunday attempts to increase Minnesota transportation and public works funding. Minnesota lawmakers failed to hit their midnight target to pass the measure, meaning that short of a special legislative session roads will not be improved and construction projects statewide will not go…
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Most of the Minnesota Capitol dome is covered as renovation continues. Most of the building is closed, and the rest will close when the Legislature adjourns on May 23, 2016. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Success Predicted After Another Legislative Failure

Two failures may equal success. The Minnesota House and Senate failed to pass their public works funding bills, but in the three days lawmakers have left this year, major legislative players expect those defeated bills to be merged into one that funds rail safety, college building repairs, flood prevention and other projects around Minnesota. Optimism…
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The Minnesota Capitol building remains under renovation as the May 23, 2016 legislative session adjournement date nears. In the back of the building are portable toilets for lawmakers since the building has no running water. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Bakk: ‘I Don’t See Transportation Being In Play’

Four days remain in the 2016 Minnesota legislative session and even those in charge do not seem to know how, or whether, they will finish major legislation dealing with transportation, taxes, budget and public works. Gov. Mark Dayton hosted House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk for 15 minutes of negotiations Wednesday,…
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