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No special session in sight

Gov. Mark Dayton left the country Tuesday, and House Speaker Kurt Daudt has not called a meeting among the governor and legislative leaders to discuss a special legislative session.

"I have not heard anything from the speaker about another meeting..." Dayton said before heading on an official visit to Croatia. "I had asked him to convene the next meeting and host it."

Dayton and key lawmakers have discussed a special session to approve a tax-cut bill and one spending money on public works projects. If anything, Democrats and Republicans appear to be further apart after talking a few times since the regular session ended more than a month ago.

One costly mistake in the tax bill forced a veto, Dayton has said. House and Senate leaders say they agree the error should be fixed.

Democrat Dayton also wants to add some projects to the public works bill that failed in the regular session's waning minutes, something Republicans do not want.

The governor had said he wanted a special session before July 1.

Dayton's Croatia trip is to note the 20th anniversary of a Minnesota National Guard relationship with the military in the eastern European country.

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