Minnesota legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton have agreed to hold a one-day special session on Sept. 9 to provide disaster relief to the 18 counties hardest hit by storms and flooding in late June.
The special session will be limited to storm damage relief, keeping tax changes off the agenda. Some legislators pushed for the inclusion of tax repeals, including the elimination of taxes of farm equipment repair service.
"We really want to get focused in on delivering this disaster relief," said House Speaker Paul Thissen (DFL-Minneapolis). "We've had the discussion about these taxes, and I think those discussions will go on. But right now we want to focus on delivering disaster relief for the people of Minnesota."
"We think that obviously the taxes that were passed last session were not the right direction," said Senate Minority Leader David Hann (R-Eden Prairie). "We are in favor of repealing all of those taxes, but as was said we agreed to a special session to just address the disaster relief."
Thissen will hold a public meeting next week with legislators to assess the needs of the 18 counties. There will be a public hearing on the bill in advance of the special session to determine the exact language.
FEMA is providing $4.5 million in matching aid to Minnesota.