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Dayton considers special session to approve disaster aid

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Gov. Mark Dayton may bring lawmakers back to the state Capitol for a special session to authorize disaster aid to several communities affected by June storms.

Pres. Barack Obama signed a disaster relief declaration last week to approve federal aid for 18 counties after FEMA and state officials documented more than $17.8 million in damages to public property.

Politics in Minnesota says state and local governments are responsible for 25 percent of those costs.

Bob Hume, Dayton's deputy chief of staff, told the Associated Press that the governor is in talks with four legislative leaders regarding a bipartisan agreement to pay for the state's share of disaster funding.

An agreement could hit a road block after Dayton rejected Republican leaders' request for a special session to repeal a tax hike on warehouse services, the Associated Press reported.

State Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, tweeted Thursday that he'd also like to see the state minimum wage bill brought up at a special session, Politics in Minnesota noted.

Last summer, Dayton called a special session to approve a $167 million in relief after major flooding in Duluth.

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