Monday's special session of the Legislature, lasting just four hours, was among the shorter special sessions but is far from alone in brevity.
According to a Star Tribune analysis of information from the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library, 20 of the state's 50 special sessions lasted just one day. Of those, six, like the Monday special session, were designed to forward state money for disaster relief.
See the graphic below for a look at all the Legislature's special sessions. The larger the circle, the longer the session. You can click on each circle to find out more details about the reason and time the Legislature came back to St. Paul.
Although various politicians repeat various estimates for the per day cost of the special sessions, past payments indicate that a one-day special session costs between $30,000 and $40,000 for per diem and travel.
During an MPR interview in front a live audience, Dayton reiterated his support for middle class tax cuts, a big boost in transportation funding and universal prekindergarten during next year's legislative session, all priorities he was unable to achieve in the 2015 session.
State Auditor Rebecca Otto, reeling from a new law allowing counties to hire private audit firms to review their finances, said in a statement she has hired outside counsel "to help me assess the implications of this law and its impact on the core function of auditing."