ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators bounced down a rocky road toward adjournment with the prospect that few of the major issues of the year will be completed.

With a majority of issues folded into one 990-page bill, perhaps the largest Minnesota bill ever, Gov. Mark Dayton's threat to veto it means much of three months' legislative work may receive an incomplete grade.

The best chance for a major bill to be signed appeared to be a newly reworked public works funding bill, to be financed by the state selling bonds.It passed the Senate 42-25 and House 113-17 in the last 30 minutes the Legislature could pass bills.

Dayton said it spends too little, but has not seen the latest version and did not say if he would sign or veto it.

The House-Senate agreement would pay for $1.5 billion in projects from a variety of funding sources, $825 million of which comes from general tax revenue.

The bill funds things ranging from fixing state-run colleges to helping fund water treatment plants.

As a Sunday midnight constitutional deadline to pass bills this year approached, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, said there was no communication with Democrat Dayton's office.

"Somewhere at midafternoon, it went dark with the governor's office," said Gazelka, still contending he has a good relationship with Dayton.

Dayton strongly denied his people stopped talking to Republicans. Instead, he said that it has been hard to get Republicans to agree among themselves, and then talk to him or his advisers.

The governor held a hastily called news conference Sunday night, saying: "The Republican reputation of gross untruths continues."

He said Republicans have made no attempt to work out agreements on the major legislation.

Republicans who run the Legislature decided to move ahead with their remaining legislation even without agreement from Dayton.

Dayton said Sunday night that he expects to veto the massive budget and policy bill, as well as tax and education legislation, but he and his staff will take much of the 14 days he has available to go through bills.

Legislation that faced vetoes included provisions that Dayton said had been "watered down" in bills to protect the elderly from abuse in nursing homes and other similar facilities as well as money to fight opioid abuse.

Republicans Sunday night drew up a list of Dayton priorities they said they had met, including $10 million for opioids. That was half what supporters of opioid legislation wanted, and it would come out of the state's general fund instead of being paid by drug makers.

Also on the GOP list was $4.5 million to improve the state's investigation of elder abuse complaints, far short of what senior citizen advocates said is needed.

Besides the big bill, the Legislature approved a bill that combined tax provisions and school funding.

The Republican-written legislation that will land on Democrat Dayton's desk includes school funding money, providing both extra cash and funds for school safety.

Dayton called for $138 million in "emergency" cash because schools face budget troubles. Instead, Republicans suggested $50 million in new money and wrote legislation that would allow schools to use teacher training and community education funds for other uses.

That upset Dayton, who insisted on new money for schools instead of forcing them to borrow from one account to fill another.

The biggest impact of a failed legislative session could be if the tax-education bill does not become law.

Senate Tax Chairman Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes, said 300,000 Minnesotans will pay more taxes if the bill is vetoed.

That is because federal tax law changed late last year, which threw Minnesota tax law for a loop. Much of the Minnesota tax code matched federal law, but the new federal law changes all of that.

Without “conformity” measures in the Minnesota bill, state taxpayers will need a tax return the size of a telephone book, House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, said. The bill includes provisions to make it easier to file taxes as well as reducing individual taxes.

Also Sunday, the House and Senate passed and sent to the governor a new version of a bill regulating water in wild rice areas.

Supporters said the bill eliminates the current but unenforced sulfate standard and establishes a working group to explore the issue and come up with a solution if it finds there is too much sulfate in wild rice water.

Sen. Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids, said it is a compromise bill and tribes are included on the working group.

But Sen. Chris Eaton, D-Brooklyn Center, said the bill is worse than current law and is opposed by the Dayton administration.

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