Dayton, lawmakers search for way to fund storm relief without special session

  • Article by: Baird Helgeson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 16, 2013 - 9:21 PM

Dayton, lawmakers trying to figure out how to help those hurt by summer storms without calling a potentially divisive special session.

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ralph6767Aug. 16, 13 7:51 PM

How about a quick special session to take care of the two items both parties basically agree with, then fight your battles during the regular session. It's really not that complicated.

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petepelosiAug. 16, 13 8:02 PM

Let the disaster relief be settled without a special session, and let the democrats explain why they inserted the farm machinery tax and the warehouse tax to the public. No way they can blame the GOP as jobs are lost and businesses move. Another signed piece of legislation that Dayton didnt understand, know about, and agreed to.

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milkman53Aug. 16, 13 8:31 PM

Looks like the GOP is willing to hold farmers hostage just to make a political point.

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JP55901Aug. 16, 13 8:52 PM

petepelosi wrong party on the farm machinery tax.

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bluedevil101Aug. 16, 13 8:53 PM

You can't blame the Republicans for this. They didn't pass the bill. They didn't sign the bill. It's all on Dayton and DFL. You read what Dayton said--NO ONE WANTS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT TAX BEING IN THERE. They don't even know what they are voting on or signing. Ridiculous.

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petepelosiAug. 16, 13 9:09 PM

milkman, Do you have any idea who put these controversial ideas into the bill that Dayton signed? Your comments say NO.

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LilBeaverAug. 16, 13 9:24 PM

This is just another case of state legislators voting for bills when they have no idea what is contained in them! How many business executives or private citizens could get by doing something like this? Now is the time to hold the legislators feet to the fire and make them accept responsibility for their failure!

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milkman53Aug. 16, 13 9:33 PM

The rumor I heard was the farm equipment tax was talked about and rejected early in the session and then showed up in the final bill. Could it be a transcription error? That sounds unlikely. The point now is everyone seems to agree it is not needed and the only thing that's holding it up its repeal is how long and expensive would the GOP force the special session to become.

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dakmarknetAug. 16, 13 9:39 PM

Milkman - true dat. This is another attempt by republicans to score political points by holding farmers hostage. Repubs will hold anybody ot group hostage to score political points.

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petepelosiAug. 16, 13 9:42 PM

Rumor? I deal in facts, pal. Your guy signed off on something he didnt understand AGAIN.

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