Gov. Mark Dayton plans to meet with Republican state lawmakers Wednesday afternoon to discuss a special session of the Legislature to provide state aid communities affected by the floods last month.
While the governor has said he will call a special session to help Duluth and other cities affected by the flooding, Dayton wants agreement in advance from GOP leaders, so it’s a quick session, well-orchestrated in advance.
Damage in 13 northern counties exceeds $100 million. The state has applied for federal aid.
Dayton is also interested in providing aid during a special session to reopen the Verso Paper plant in Sartell, after the Memorial Day explosion killed one and idled 250 workers. It’s not clear, though, whether the plant’s owners are ready to commit, yet, on reopening.