Gov. Dayton, GOP lawmakers to discuss special session for Duluth flood aid

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.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 07/11/2012 - 02:39 pm.

    Excellent opportunity

    We expect that the legislature will take the opportunity to put Mark Ritchie’s partisan machinations to the torch with a law forbidding the Secretary of State from using his office to manipulate an election.

    It really is a sad testiment that we’ve come to this situation, but there we are.

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