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Minnesota Governor Issues Ultimatum for Special Session

Gov. Mark Dayton delivered an ultimatum to GOP legislators Tuesday: He won’t call a special session unless they agree to limit its scope to approving disaster relief and repealing a much-criticized tax on farm machinery repairs.
August 14, 2013
 

Gov. Mark Dayton delivered an ultimatum to GOP legislators Tuesday: He won’t call a special session unless they agree to limit its scope to approving disaster relief and repealing a much-criticized tax on farm machinery repairs.

 
Dayton sent the written proposal for a limited session to Republican leaders after a week of behind-the-scenes talks between his office and legislative staffers failed to broker a deal on the terms of the session.
 
Republicans are pushing for a more wide-ranging session to repeal other new taxes, which could blow a hole in the state budget and touch off a new round of budget fights.
 
Dayton is insisting on a session starting 2 p.m. Sept. 9 with a guaranteed adjournment by 10 a.m. the next day. No other bills or significant amendments could be considered, under the proposal.

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