Agreement on disaster relief for flood-stricken Minnesota counties is proving elusive for Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders. Talks are continuing. It's unclear if the goal of convening a special legislative session on Friday can be met.
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Dayton, lawmakers to discuss flood relief
Gov. Mark Dayton will meet with Republican and Democratic leaders on Friday to negotiate an agreement on flood relief, the Associated Press reports. Dayton says he won't call the special session until leaders agree to a limited one-day agenda. A legislative panel on disaster relief held a Capitol hearing Thursday, according to the AP. Republican Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem and GOP Rep. Mary Liz Holberg say a special session is on track for Aug. 24.
Lawmakers and governor meeting on flood relief this week
A legislative panel on flood relief holds a Capitol hearing Thursday, to be followed on Friday by meetings with Gov. Mark Dayton. Dayton hopes to call a one-day special legislative session on August 24th to allocate money to counties struck by flooding this summer. Some Republicans have balked at the governor's proposed $190 million relief package.
Lawmakers to meet Tuesday to start work on flood relief bill
Key lawmakers and members of Governor Dayton's staff will start laying the groundwork for a special session to provide aid to flooded counties. The federal government will reimburse three-fourths of the rebuilding costs incurred by 13 counties that have been declared disaster areas. The state will likely pick up the rest.
Lawmakers in St. Paul to authorize flood relief
At Friday's special legislative session, lawmakers will approve spending $167 million to help counties that were wracked by flood waters and wind storms this summer. Nearly half the money will pay for repairs to roads and bridges, but there are also some economic development grants and low-interest loans for housing repairs.
Dayton and lawmakers agree to late August special session
Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders have agreed that a special session will be confined to providing disaster aid to flood-damaged areas of Minnesota. They also agreed on a late August timeframe. But the session won't happen until after the federal government reveals how much aid it will provide.
Dayton announces Friday flood-relief special session
There will be a one-day special session of the Minnesota Legislature on Friday to approve flood relief for Duluth, northeastern Minnesota and other hard-hit areas, the governor announced. Dayton and lawmakers have been trying to come to an agreement about how much money the state ought to dedicate to rebuilding infrastructure after June flooding. It appears they settled on $167.5 million, less than the $195 million Dayton had proposed.
Dayton: Special session likely soon on flood damage
Gov. Mark Dayton, who on Tuesday toured northeast Minnesota towns hit hard by flooding, expects a special legislative session will be held in the near future to provide relief to flooded areas.
Dayton proposes $190 million in state money for flood recovery
Gov. Mark Dayton has floated a proposal to spend a lot more state money than Republican lawmakers were expecting on recovery and rebuilding after devastating June flooding. A special legislative session to deal with flood relief issues is tentatively set for Aug. 24.
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