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Regional mayors call for special session in letter

Members of the Southwestern Minnesota Council of Mayors are urging state legislators to meet in a special session to address what they say are a number of important unresolved issues.

Cited among reasons why a special legislative session is necessary are agreed-upon final versions of the Tax bill and the Jobs and Energy bill, which the mayors believe are much-needed items that will offer opportunities to their residents and their communities.

In a letter authored by the group of mayors, the Senate and House legislative leadership of both parties are asked to “agree soon on a short agenda for a one- or two-day special session to act on bills which their conference committees have already agreed on, as well as a Capital Investment bill for much needed building projects all around Minnesota.”

Adds the letter: “We know the parties may have compelling reasons to wait for these bills to be acted on, but waiting while the state has a huge financial surplus makes absolutely no sense and will result in unnecessary delays and additional costs to the taxpaying public. Residents in southwestern Minnesota are waiting for help and our cities are eager to get going on long-awaited projects.

“We urge the legislature to finish its important work quickly and not hold up Minnesota from moving forward.”

The letter is signed by the following mayors: Pat Baustian of Luverne, Nancy Borman of Canby, Bob Byrnes of Marshall, Myron Koets of Pipestone; Dave Smiglewski of Granite Falls and Wayne Walter of Jackson.

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