Session Daily: Gov. Dayton lays out his demands for potential special session

Session Daily: Gov. Dayton lays out his demands for potential special session

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Gov. Mark Dayton speaks to the media during a Wednesday news conference where he announced his conditions for calling a special session. (Photo by Andrew VonBank, Session Daily)

Source: Session Daily

By Jonathan Avise

Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday laid out a lengthy wish list to state lawmakers that he said must be met before he’ll agree to sign into law a $259 million tax cut package passed last month or call the Legislature into special session.

Enumerated in a five-page letter to House and Senate leadership, Dayton’s demands include funding for metropolitan transit, additional higher education spending and specific additions to the $1 billion bonding bill agreed to — but not passed — in the session’s final minutes May 22.

The governor also wants lawmakers to fix a drafting error in a gambling provision included in the omnibus tax bill that would result in the loss of $102 million to the state’s Minnesota Vikings stadium fund, and to restore an $800,000 tax exemption for the Minnesota State High School League.

“These are my requirements,” Dayton said during an afternoon news conference. “Not to satisfy me, but for the needs of Minnesota.”

Click here to read Gov. Dayton’s letter to lawmakers.

Only the governor can call the Legislature back into session outside of its constitutionally prescribed meeting time. All four caucus leaders would need to agree to his terms in writing, Dayton said, before he’ll call a special session.

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