Pawlenty Says Special Session Needed For Flood Relief

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 at 5:29 am

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and top lawmakers have agreed that an early October special session will be needed to approve flood relief for southeastern Minnesota.  Federal officials are still assessing damaged areas, and water is still rising in some areas after record rainfall.

Pawlenty told the Associated Press that the special session will take place some time between Oct. 7 and 12 and shouldn’t last for more than a day.

The state legislature is waiting on a federal disaster declaration and damage estimates, but Pawlenty said he believes the state’s portion of the relief bill will be paid by a $235 million balance at the end of the budget cycle next June. No word yet on if the state will have to resort to short-term borrowing to pay for flood relief in the interim.

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