Rep Denny McNamara’s Capitol Update: Special session of Legislature focuses on disaster relief

Representative Denny McNamara

Representative Denny McNamara

By Rep. Denny McNamara, 9/9/2013

Hello from the State Capitol,

On September 9, lawmakers returned to the State Capitol to take part in a one day special session called by Governor Dayton in order to deal with disaster relief.

I was pleased to support this effort. Just one year ago, Hastings was leveled with strong winds and it, along with Dakota County, was included in part of a nineteen county $168 million disaster relief package. We all remember how thousands of trees were snapped and caused significant damage to our neighborhoods. Now other areas of the state are dealing with costs and clean up from storms and flooding in late June.

At times like this, it’s important for lawmakers to put their differences aside and help out those residents and communities that are struggling and that’s exactly what we did on Monday. This disaster relief package gives the 18 counties that were declared a federal disaster area the funds they were looking for.

It was unfortunate we were not able to fix the Democrats’ tax increase problems during special session. Even Governor Dayton said this was a mistake and needs to be fixed.

Prior to special session, the governor and legislative leadership discussed eliminating three tax increases that had been enacted by the Democrats during the 2013 regular legislative session: warehousing and storage taxes, a tax on telecommunications devices, and forcing farmers to pay an equipment repair tax. But they could not come to an agreement on how to deal with these problems, so all of them were left off the special session agenda and we chose to focus solely on disaster relief.

I know there is plenty of bipartisan support to repeal these tax increases, and I look forward to eliminating them during the 2014 session.

Keep in touch,

Representative Denny McNamara
359 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155

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