Minnesotans have been delivered the disappointing news: "Special session talks are dead." For months, we watched as Gov. Dayton and legislative leaders tried to negotiate a special session to finish the work of the regular session — to pass bipartisan tax and bonding bills that included transportation improvements, addressing another priority of the 2016 session. Despite everyone's best intentions, talks bogged down over one issue. As one headline underscored: "Funding for Southwest killed special session."