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Associated Press, Published August 07 2012

GOP lawmakers taken aback by $190M flood proposal

ST. PAUL — Republican lawmakers say they're having "sticker shock" after receiving a $190 million request for state aid to help flooded northeastern and central Minnesota communities.

Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Kris Eide (EYE'-dee) outlined the proposal at a legislative hearing Tuesday.

It includes the state's match for federal disaster aid, but also covers expenses such as removing flood sediment and providing loans to fix up damaged houses.

Republican House Ways and Means Committee Chairwoman Mary Liz Holberg says the amounts add up quickly.

Democratic Rep. Kerry Gauthier of Duluth says flood victims aren't asking for handouts, but they need help to rebuild.

GOP legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton are looking at Aug. 24 as the tentative date for a special session for flood relief.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.