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House OK's bill cutting 12 percent of state jobs

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ST. PAUL -- Twelve percent of Minnesota state government jobs would disappear in the next two years and those still on the payroll would not get a raise if a Republican budget bill becomes law.

After a debate of more than six hours, the House passed the bill 72-61 Wednesday that also would require a review of all state agencies in a process that could lead to the end for many departments and would cut the number of deputy and assistant commissioners the governor may appoint.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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