Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt, left, and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk share a light moment Friday, July 15, 2016, before heading into negotiations that could lead to a special legislative session. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Governor, Leaders Say They Are Near Special Session Deal

The governor and top two legislative leaders say they tentatively agree to call Minnesota legislators back to St. Paul for a special legislative session the third week in August to pass tax and public works bills, but work remains before that can happen. After meeting two hours in private, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton; Senate Majority…
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A crowd listens to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday, June 8, 2016, in Rochester, his first stop on a statewide tour selilng the need for a public works bill. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Political Chatter: Campaigns Are On For Special Session

Minnesota Democrats and Republicans agree on the need for a special legislative session, but that does not mean one is certain. Democrats, led by Gov. Mark Dayton, argue that a one-day June session is needed to approve funding public works projects in a bonding bill. Most Republicans do not dispute the need for such a…
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About 200 people listen to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton In Rochester  Wednesday, June 8, 2016, as he says it is important for the Legislature to pass a public works fuunding bill. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Dayton Starts Public Works Campaign

Gov. Mark Dayton may not be up for election in November, but he is campaigning this week. The Democratic governor launched a three-day statewide tour Wednesday to sell Minnesotans on the need for a public works finance bill. He emphasized higher education facility needs at his first stop, Rochester Community and Technical College, and will…
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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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