Dayton reluctantly ready to call special session, could come by week's end

Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt sent a letter to Governor Mark Dayton on Monday asking for leadership to get together to discuss next steps for a potential special session after a weekend of no talks. Daudt says he believes there's "agreement in concept" on all issues except for state auditor funding.

Meanwhile, Dayton said at an afternoon news conference he's reluctantly ready to call a special session, no longer insisting on modifications to a new law regarding the state auditor's duties. Last week, he wanted a provision rescinded that was passed in the state government bill in the closing hours of the legislature. In that 100-page bill, the provision is just one sentence long:

"A county may choose to have [its yearly] audit performed by the state auditor, or may choose to have the audit performed by a CPA firm."

State Auditor Rebecca Otto believes bypassing her audit compromises the oversight of taxpayer dollars.

Daudt contends there is plenty of time to address the law before it takes effect next summer, and Dayton said he doesn't want the standoff to lead to a partial government shutdown, putting nearly 9,500 jobs in jeopardy.

Dayton added there are still several budget bills to be sorted out before he calls a special session, but that one could happen later this week. Another round of notices will be sent out this week regarding what would happen in the event of a government shutdown.

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