MN Flooding/No Special Session Needed 10 Sep 14

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Existing emergency accounts are probably sufficient to cover state costs related to severe June flooding and avoid the need for a special session of the Minnesota Legislature.

That message was delivered Tuesday by Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration. Two top officials provided a financial assessment that shows there is enough money in a new $3 million contingency fund to match anticipated federal disaster assistance. Dayton spokesman Matt Swenson adds that “at this time we don’t think a special session will be necessary.”

The timing of payments means lawmakers will likely return to the Capitol in January before new allocations are required. Damage to public assets from summer storms topped $40 million.

Thirty-seven Minnesota counties are part of a federal disaster declaration and two others could still qualify for state assistance.