ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The clock is ticking on Gov. Mark Dayton to take action on the state budget bills the Legislature sent his way.
By Wednesday, officials expect he will have been formally presented all of the remaining bills lawmakers passed in their final frenzy. That step starts a window for him to sign or veto bills. One budget bill, an economic development finance package, reached his desk Tuesday.
Governors have three full days to consider bills. That means the full budget will have been decided on by Saturday night at the latest.
Because Dayton and the legislative majorities are both Democratic, the presumption is the budget will be signed. But there is a chance Dayton could eliminate some spending provisions with his line-item veto authority.
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