Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton looks on and Sen. Jeff Hayden uses his telephone Wednesday, June 15, 2016, as Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk briefs reporters on a meeting about setting up a special legislative sessin. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

No Progress Reported In Special Session Talks

The most positive description of a high-level Wednesday meeting to set up a Minnesota special legislative session was that it “it was not as productive as I would have liked.” Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, D-Cook, also said that “the tone of the speaker’s voice” was better than in previous meetings, even though no one…
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Top Minnesota Democrats brief reporters about a Tuesday, June 7, 2016, discussion on a potential special legislative session. From left are House Minority Leader Paul Thissen, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Trust Lacking, But Minnesota Leaders Hope For Special Session

Minnesota’s political leaders say they have a problem trusting each other, but on Tuesday they pledged to continue trying to pass failed tax and public works legislation. “We all have trust issues with one another,” Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said. House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, agreed, adding: “I think the governor hasn’t really kept his…
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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, he is "discouraged" dealing with House Republicans as they consider a special session. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Dayton: ‘We Can’t Agree On Anything’

Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday morning expressed hope that he would be able to call a special legislative session to finish work Minnesota lawmakers failed to accomplish as their regular session ended last month, but used words like “discouraged” more than optimistic comments when talking to reporters. “This is why I get discouraged about the…
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Ryan Visher of Madelia, Minn., tells reporters Monday, June 6, 2016, that he needs a tax break contained in legislation that was on Gov. Mark Dayton's desk. It contained property tax cuts for buildings being rebuilt, including one housing his Hope and Faith Floral, to replace ones that burned last winter. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Midnight Comes And Tax Bill Goes

Legislation that could give tax breaks to a majority of Minnesotans died at midnight, perhaps taking with it any chance for transportation and other public works project funding. The tax bill would have provided $800 million in tax cuts over three years to people as varied as farmers, veterans, parents and students, but was held…
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Delegate Charley Underwood of the Twin Ciites, a Bernie Sanders supporter, listens to a speech Saturday, June 4, 2016, at the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party convention in Minneapolis. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Legislative Races Fill An Election Gap

This year presents a rare opportunity for Minnesotans to focus on legislative races, and who controls the Legislature. “That’s the whole deal,” veteran politician Nancy Larson said Saturday at the state Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party convention. “But people here don’t realize that.” Control of the state House and Senate is up to voters this year, and it…
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