Gov. Mark Dayton and House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, had a scheduled breakfast Friday. 

According to a statement from Dayton spokesman Linden Zakula, they discussed the possibility of a special legislative session to finish work on tax and public works bills that were left unfinished when lawmakers adjourned in May.  

"(Dayton) indicated he was open to that possibility, but did not want to go through another round of the impasses," Zakula said.

Dayton suggested legislative leaders and his staff determine if they could resolve differences over bills that would give Minnesotans tax cuts and invest in infrastructure like roads, bridges and water systems. 

For months, Dayton and Daudt were sharply divided over state support for the Southwest Light Rail line proposed between Minneapolis and Eden Prairie. Dayton wanted the Legislature to kick in $135 million -- the state's portion -- which would unleash nearly $900 million in federal money to help complete the line.

Daudt opposes state funding for light rail.  

That issue was resolved when Metro Transit and local governments agreed to fund the state portion, leaving the Legislature out of the deal.  

With an election in two months, however, a special legislative session seems unlikely. Lawmakers in the minority -- Senate Republicans and House DFLers -- are unlikely to agree to give the majority caucuses significant legislative victories just as early voting begins Sept. 23.  

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