GOP wants Minn. special session on warehousing tax 28 Jun 13

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Republican lawmakers say the Legislature should immediately repeal a just-approved warehousing tax or risk stifling business investment.

In urging Democratic Governor Mark Dayton to order a special session, the GOP lawmakers and a couple business officials say waiting until next year is the wrong approach. The tax takes effect in April.

Dayton spokesman Bob Hume says the special session call is “a stunt not a solution.”

House Speaker Paul Thissen says a special session is unnecessary because lawmakers need time to gather facts and feedback.

The tax is expected to generate $82 million in its first year.

Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans says the commercial storage tax wouldn’t apply to several items, including agricultural products and vehicles. Businesses with their own warehouses wouldn’t owe tax on what they store there.