AS POLITICAL STANDOFFS go, the impasse between Gov. Arne Carlson and DFL legislators over the K-12 education-spending bill was a remarkably undramatic way to force a special session. Carlson, a lame duck in search of a legacy, announced days before the regular session's Monday night deadline that he would veto the bill if it didn't include money for private-school tuition tax credits. But with a huge budget surplus, near-universal support for hefty increases in education spending, and a summer to go before the bill would even begin to impact the plans of school administrators, legislators were in no hurry to compromise. Even when the inevitable compromise comes during a special session in June, the principle of the credits will initially be more important than their usage. Thus, the frantic arm-twisting and log-rolling that is normally a staple of session deadlines was largely absent from... More >>>