Gov. Mark Dayton has declared a peacetime emergency in the aftermath of the storms that raked some two dozen Minnesota counties with high winds and flash floods in late June.
Wednesday's executive order comes after severe storms that hit between June 20 and June 26. The storms caused floods, downed trees and knocked out electrical service to more than half a million residents around the Twin Cities.
Seven DFL state senators said they would not support a bonding bill if there is no funding approved for the Southwest Light-Rail Transit project, a train that would run between downtown Minneapolis and Eden Prairie.