Special Session on Flood Relief Convenes Friday

By KBJR News 1

August 23, 2012 Updated Aug 23, 2012 at 9:48 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - A special session on flood relief will convene in St. Paul on Friday afternoon.

Legislators and the Governor are tasked with voting whether to approve $167M to help with cleanup efforts. The special session is scheduled to get underway at 2 p.m. and will only focus on flood relief.

The $167M amount is less than the Governor's original proposal of $190M. That price tag didn't set well with Republican leaders during an original disaster relief workshop back on August 7th.

Legislators say the state aid will come from the budget reserve and the surplus remaining from the previous budget year. Governor Dayton on Wednesday said approximately $13M would be available for low-interest loans and temporary housing costs. Most of the funding, however, addresses infrastructure repairs.

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