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Associated Press, Published August 08 2013

Dayton now open to broader Minn. special session

ST. PAUL — 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. It puts him at odds with Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, who wants lawmakers to confine their work to a June storm recovery package.

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.