A Sorry Finish to an Unproductive Legislative Session
ELIZABETH FLORES • STAR TRIBUNEGov. Mark Dayton and House Speaker Kurt Daudt on Aug. 12. Dayton announced Thursday that no deal had been reached on Southwest light rail, so without it, there would be no special session of the Legislature.
The long, twisted tale of the 2015-16 Legislature apparently has come to a sorry but not unexpected end. Legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton announced Thursday that they had reached no deal on Southwest light rail and, without it, there will be no special session to complete the year’s lawmaking work.
That means no tax relief, no building projects (bonding) bill, no new transportation funding — and no reason for confidence in the ability of this cast of lawmaking characters to produce a different result next year if they hold their seats in this fall’s election.
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