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State GOP leaders push Dayton for broader special-session focus

As Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL legislative leaders continue to look at a very limited special session next month, two state House GOP members insisted Thursday that they want to broaden the session to include repeal of several business taxes.

The governor wants to deal only with storm damage relief and repeal of a sales tax on farm equipment and has threatened to skip the whole thing if Republicans insist on broadening the agenda. Dayton will meet with legislative leaders Friday for face-to-face negotiations.

But GOP House members Kurt Zellers of Maple Grove and Tim Kelly of Red Wing kept pushing Thursday, saying they intend to introduce a bill during the special session to repeal the new business-to-business taxes.

Said Zellers:

“It is disappointing that Gov. Dayton has refused to acknowledge the damage done to our state’s economy by imposing business-to-business taxes that end up hurting consumers and killing jobs. These taxes impact virtually every sector of our economy, from mining to retail to agriculture. By declaring that he only will allow repeal of one of these taxes during the special session, Gov. Dayton has decided to pit one group against the others, at the expense of jobs in Minnesota.”

Kelly said:

“The Legislature should come together and not only take care of disasters caused by nature but also those disasters that are man-made.”

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Kevin Watterson on 08/15/2013 - 12:42 pm.

    More accurately, Governor Dayton broadened the focus by wanting to include things beyond disaster relief. Now he’s trying to re-define a “limited” special session to only what he wants to include and MinnPost is apparently ok with accepting his game.

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