- Associated Press - Friday, May 26, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Latest on the end of the Minnesota Legisalture’s 2017 session (all times local):

1:50 p.m.

Gov. Mark Dayton says he will decide whether to sign or veto the Legislature’s recently approved budget by midnight Tuesday.

Lawmakers finished passing the remaining pieces of a $46 billion budget in a special session that ended around 3 a.m. Friday. That came after Dayton and Republicans struck a broad framework for a deal to finalize the budget earlier this week.

Dayton said Friday he’s “genuinely undecided” about the spending packages. He says a $650 million tax bill is too big with too many provisions that benefit wealthy residents.

But the Democratic has to weigh those concerns against the possibility of a government shutdown if he vetoes anything. And he notes the budget may be as good as he can get from a Republican Legislature.


11:20 a.m.

Gov. Mark Dayton is on the verge of having authority over the state’s historic preservation work transferred to his administration.

The Star Tribune reports (https://strib.mn/2s3UsqN ) the move comes months after the governor skirmished with the Minnesota Historical Society, which currently oversees that work, over what artwork should hang at the state Capitol.

Dayton had wanted to replace some Civil War paintings to better reflect the state’s entire history, and the historical society decided otherwise.

A bill passed in the special session would move the State Historic Preservation Office to the Department of Administration, which reports to the governor. Dayton has only to sign the bill to finalize it.

Dayton’s staff said the dispute had nothing to do with the push to transfer the work.


5:56 a.m.

Minnesota’s lawmakers have passed a $46 billion budget after three extra days in session, several sleepless nights and some horse-trading.

The Legislature approved the budget just before 3 a.m. Friday.

House Speaker Kurt Daudt says, “there’s no question that it was a grind.”

The broad budget agreement would put $650 million toward tax relief, expand preschool offerings by $50 million and dedicate $300 million to fix roads and bridges.

Gov. Mark Dayton faces pressure from Democratic allies to veto several of the budget bills, including the tax bill, which they warn would harm the state’s finances. He plans to hold a news conference later Friday.

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