Governor Dayton meets with legislative leaders again today (WED) to try to hammer out an agreement for a planned special session in early September for storm relief. Dayton has agreed that repealing a new tax on farm equipment repairs will also be on the agenda for the special session — but Republicans want all newly-enacted business-to-business taxes canceled, including a sales tax on warehousing services that takes effect next year. The governor says if Republicans want to eliminate 310 million dollars in revenue from those taxes, they’ll have to say where they’re going to raise additional revenue to replace it or where they’re going to cut spending. Dayton says he and lawmakers “have to balance the budget and we have to do it honestly.” The possible date being discussed for the special session is September 9th. The relief money for damages caused by severe storms in June would cover 18 Minnesota counties, including Sibley and McLeod.
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