Dayton changes his mind, seeks broader special session

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Gov. Mark Dayton earlier this week said he was hoping to keep a proposed special session of the Legislature next month focused on a single topic: approving relief money for Minnesota counties hit hard by June storms. The governor said attempts to add other issues amounted to “grandstanding,” MPR noted.

But he changed his mind. During a visit to Farmfest in Redwood County on Thursday, the governor said that during the special session, lawmakers also ought to also repeal a tax on repairs of equipment, which went into effect in July 1.

He told farmers that the repeal would help them. "It was not good legislating, and we'll correct it as soon as feasible," he said, MPR reported in another story.

Dayton and the DFL leaders are waiting for Republican minority leaders to agree to the new agenda for a one-day special session Sept. 9, MPR reported.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk had also previously said that lawmakers should confine their work during the special session to a storm recovery package, the Associated Press reported.

Bakk and House Speaker Paul Thissen are prodding their GOP counterparts to agree to the session, the Star Tribune reports.

"The Minnesota Legislature has a strong history of providing disaster relief in a timely and bipartisan manner," said a letter from Bakk and Thissen to House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, and Senate Minority Leader David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, the newspaper reported.

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