Updated: 08/21/2013 11:14 PM
Created: 08/21/2013 6:23 PM KSTP.com
By: Tom Hauser
Governor Dayton reached agreement with DFL and GOP legislative leaders for a one-day special session of the Minnesota Legislature.
It will take place at 10 a.m. on Sept. 9 and focus only on providing disaster relief for 18 Minnesota counties struck by severe weather in late June.
Two other counties might get help recovering from ice storms in April. "We'll do what we've done in the past," DFL House Speaker Paul Thissen said after a meeting in the governor's office. "Which is make sure our top priority is getting relief to the folks who really need it across the State of Minnesota."
GOP leaders were disappointed they couldn't convince Governor Dayton and DFL leaders to also repeal three business-to-business taxes enacted during the regular session in May. They include taxes on repairs of farm and business equipment, purchases of telecommunications equipment by telecommunications providers and warehousing services.
Governor Dayton said without agreement on how to replace $314 million in revenue that would be lost, he wouldn't agree to repeal them.
He did admit, however, at least some of the taxes shouldn't have been included in the final tax bill.
He blamed the usual last-minute rush at the end of the session. "Anybody that knows anything about how these sessions end know that there's a flood of legislation," Dayton told reporters in his office.
He says he wishes he had made sure a tax like the farm equipment repair tax had been caught and eliminated. "It's not a perfect system. It's not a perfect world and I'm not a perfect person."