Negotiations continue for special session to address flood relief

Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislators have been aiming to hold a special session on Friday to provide aid to Duluth and other cities affected by June flooding and wind damage.

They also want to have an agreement in place ahead of time, to be sure the session is focused only on flooding.

With just three days to go, they’re still working on the agreement. Both sides say there’s no big problem, but that these things take time.

Dayton is looking for $190 million in aid, to repay local costs, repair infrastructure and provide assistance to individuals. The Fargo Forum says Republicans want to be sure the special session is laser-focused on flood and wind aid, and that the aid is needed immediately. They say aid that isn’t needed right now can be handled at next year’s regular session.

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