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Minneosta legislative session wraps up, left with uncertainties

Gov. Mark Dayton has 14 days to act on the bills, so the final verdict on the session may not be clear for days.

Posted: May. 22, 2018 12:20 AM

KIMT NEWS 3 - Another Minnesota legislative session is in the books, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions and uncertainties.

Lawmakers finished just before midnight Sunday with last-minute votes. It’s now a waiting game at the capitol, as all eyes are on Gov. Mark Dayton.

Much of the session’s work was packed into two massive bills, that Dayton warned he may veto.

According to Republicans, a compromise tax conformity and education funding bill, a bonding bill, a pension bill, and supplemental budget bill passed Sunday.

Republicans began lobbying Monday to try to get the governor to sign the tax bill. That's because it would help avoid a complicated tax filing season in 2019.

Also if Dayton does veto it, taxes could go up for many Minnesotans because the state tax code won't align with the federal tax code.

The Democratic governor and Republican-controlled legislature were unable to come to an agreement in the final days of the session, on how to spend the budget surplus or sync the state’s taxes with the federal overhaul.

Dayton called this session a debacle.

"I've never seen a session this badly mismanaged. I've never seen a session this less transparent. I've never seen a session more beholding of special interests," Dayton said.

Gov. Dayton could take up to 14 days to decide if he will issue a veto or add his signature to those bills.

Unlike last year, the governor has promised there will be no special session. This, of course, could change.

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