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Train derails special session plans

Minnesotans will not get tax cuts and will not see road and other public construction projects begin after the governor and legislative leaders failed to agree on a special session agenda.

"I've concluded ... I am not going to call a special session," Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday afternoon following a negotiations session that produced no agreement on a divisive Twin Cities light rail construction proposal.

The project long has divided Democrats, who support the project in the southwestern Twin Cities, and Republicans, who say it is a waste of money and has not been properly vetted.

Nothing has changed for the two sides since lawmakers adjourned their regular session in May.

"It is past the point where we can have any more fruitful discussions," Dayton said, with the 2017 regular session due to begin in January.

House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, said the GOP is disappointed there will be no special session as Minnesotans will miss out on $500 million in a tax bill, much of which is tax cuts, and nearly $1 billion in funding for public works projects, including $700 million for road and bridge work.