Dayton Now Open to Broader Minn. Special Session

Posted at: 08/08/2013 12:25 PM | Updated at: 08/08/2013 12:37 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - In a sudden reversal, Gov. Mark Dayton says he's open to expanding the scope of a possible special session to include the repeal of a new sales tax on farm equipment repair.

Dayton shared his revised position Thursday at Farmfest, according to media reports. An aide later confirmed the shift.

His willingness to look beyond a storm disaster relief measure is a stark turn from two days earlier when he said other measures could wait until next year.

On Tuesday, Dayton criticized efforts to put other topics in play as "grandstanding."

Dayton and legislative leaders are considering a special session the second week of September. House Speaker Paul Thissen and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk sent a letter to colleagues saying they are on board with the two-item agenda.

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