MN Legislature: Back to the Drawing Board 08 Jun 16

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s legislative leaders are regrouping in hopes of salvaging a $260 million tax relief package and other unfinished work.

Gov. Mark Dayton added to the pile of leftover work by declining to sign the tax bill before Monday’s midnight deadline. His pocket veto intensified calls to hold a special session.

Dayton and top lawmakers met briefly Tuesday afternoon to discuss the prospect of an overtime session.

But it won’t be easy. Dayton and fellow Democrats want a larger public works package than House Republicans say they can stomach. The two parties are also still divided over funding a mass transit light-rail line to southwestern Minneapolis suburbs.

Dayton says he hopes to hold a special session by the end of the month.