Dayton seeks special session for unemployed miner benefits
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton wants Minnesota lawmakers to meet in a special legislative session to extend unemployment benefits for laid-off miners.
The state projects that 596 miners will run out of regular unemployment payments before the Legislature is slated to return to work on March 8. The Democratic governor said he would like the special session by the end of this year or early in 2016.
Dayton opened his letter to legislative leaders with: "I want to make you aware of the financial crisis confronting Minnesota steelworkers, who are currently laid off in northeastern Minnesota."