Legislators still considering how much to allocate for special-session storm aid

No decision on how much state money to spend on storm damage was reached Wednesday when legislators met to prepare for a Sept. 9 special session.

The meeting of the 2013 Disaster Relief Working Group, a joint House and Senate panel, was held to determine an agenda for the special session.

It appears there is agreement on allocation of $4.5 million — left over from storm damage relief last year — to be used as a state match for federal disaster funds for 18 counties hit hard by rain and flooding in June. But there’s still a question about using more money for two counties that suffered much damage during an April ice storm.

Some legislators aren’t sure an additional $1 million for Rock and Nobles counties is needed, reports the Fargo Forum. The state already used $1.5 million to match  federal aid for ice storm repairs and kicked in an additional $250,000.

The paper quoted House Ways and Means Chairman Lyndon Carlson, DFL-Crystal: “These things have to be resolved yet. There are a number of things that have to be worked out.”

Gov. Mark Dayton got an agreement from legislators that only storm damage would be considered in a special session, even though many were hoping to repeal some business taxes, as well.

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