Dayton signs slew of bills

Gov. Mark Dayton has signed the tax bill and the budget bills that state lawmakers sent to him in the closing hours of the 2013 session.

A news release from the governor’s office today said he signed the bills to finance environment/agriculture, jobs/economic development, health/human services, public safety/judiciary, state government/veterans and transportation.

The tax bill will raise $2 billion in new revenue, most of which comes from increases in the income tax for top earners and the cigarette tax.

He also signed bills signed relating to data practices, election law changes and public pensions.

Earlier in the day, Dayton signed a bill allocating Legacy amendment sales tax revenue after vetoing two projects it would’ve funded. He signed the E-12 education bill Wednesday during a brief ceremony at the State Capitol.