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Special Session Talks Hit Stalemate

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders say special session negotiations have taken a step backward.

The talk of an overtime session started just as the Legislature adjourned late last month. Lawmakers didn't finish a public works package, and Dayton added to the pile of unfinished work by vetoing a $260 million tax relief bill.

But little has changed in the last month. The state's top politicians emerged from the latest private discussions Tuesday and expressed grim hopes of finding a compromise.

Dayton says Republicans have started pushing for measures he deems controversial like a private school tax credit. Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt accuses the governor of being unwilling to make any trade-offs for his own demands.

It's unclear when the two sides may meet again.

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