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No special session
At the news conference, the governor firmly rejected Republican calls for a special session to repeal a new tax on rental warehousing space that is set to kick in next April.
Dayton’s public appearances on Monday were the first in several weeks, since his return from a European trade mission and a hip-muscle tear he suffered in the governor’s residence.
Dayton said there was ample time to make necessary adjustments to the proposal in the upcoming legislative session.
The warehouse tax is part of a larger tax package that DFL legislators negotiated with the governor. Dayton said that he never wanted that particular tax, but that he accepted it as part of an overall revenue package that would reduce property taxes and increase money for schools.
Dayton said he would like to repeal the warehousing tax and another new tax on farm equipment repair if the state’s rebounding economy brings in enough revenue.
He called the GOP push for a special session — their second shot at the request — political “grandstanding” that did not offer any solutions.
Republicans wrote to the governor Monday that the warehousing tax is threatening to harm some businesses and that the effects would trickle down and hit consumers.
Staff writer Baird Helgeson contributed to this report.
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