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Dayton is 'genuinely undecided' on whether he'll sign the budget bills

"I'm unhappy about features in just about every one of the bills that we finally negotiated."

Gov. Mark Dayton said Friday he needs to take a fishing break before he figures out what to do with the $46 billion in budget bills lawmakers passed early that morning.

"I'm genuinely undecided on all of them," Dayton said Friday during a press conference.

Legislators finally wrapped things up early Friday – they missed the Monday night deadline, so had to stretch things out with a special session. But with Republicans in control of both the House and Senate, the governor – a Democrat – is faced with some proposals he doesn't agree with.

"Probably everyone who was involved in this session is going home unhappy about something," Dayton said. "I'm unhappy about features in just about every one of the bills that we finally negotiated."

However, the governor noted he was "very relieved" that lawmakers managed to agree on something.

Dayton said he's going bass fishing at Mille Lacs Lake this weekend. He's headed back into meetings Saturday afternoon through Monday to figure out what to do. Under state law he has three days to make his decision (whereas in an even-numbered year he gets 14 days).

What Dayton doesn't like

While Dayton is taking his time deciding, the governor pointed out a few of his concerns. Like the controversial "preemption bill" that bans cities from setting their own minimum wages and sick leave rules. He referred to it as "just shameful" in the press conference, noting he previously said he'd veto it.

He also said he worries the tax bill prioritizes wealthy Minnesotans and corporations. And that not enough money is going to extend the Working Family Tax Credit – which helps people whose income is below a certain level. Dayton also touched on financial aide for colleges, and paid parental leave for state workers, among other things.

You can learn more about the final budget bills that were approved here.

What happens if he doesn't sign the bills?

If Dayton signs a bill, it becomes law. But if he decides to veto any of them, then it's probably back to the drawing board to get lawmakers together again, to pass the bills before the end of June. If a budget isn't approved and signed into law by July 1, we could see a state government shutdown.

Technically, it's possible to override a governor's veto – but it's not very likely because there needs to be two-thirds majority in favor of a veto in both the House and the Senate.

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