Dayton On Special Session 22 Aug 13

Governor Dayton says he’s disappointed that he and lawmakers couldn’t find a way to scrap a new tax on farm equipment repairs before calling a special session now confined to only approving aid for storm damage. Dayton agreed Wednesday to call a 1-day session to approve assistance for now as many as 20 counties, including Sibley and McLeod. But there was no agreement on what taxes to repeal in the September 9th session. Dayton says that Republicans would not say what programs would be cut to make up for the lost tax revenue. By Dayton’s account, the farm tax was accidentally included in the new state budget. He says it doesn’t make sense because farm equipment purchases and parts remain exempt from taxes while repairs carry an extra charge. He supported immediate repeal of that tax but not the array of other new sales taxes Republicans wanted dumped.