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Several hundred American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) members fill all three floors of the Capitol Rotunda March 22 in a show of solidarity against various pieces of legislation the union feels undermines their collective bargaining rights. Photo by David J. Oakes

Senate bill would slash state workforce

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By Don Davis

State Capitol Bureau

ST. PAUL -- Many state agencies would sustain budget cuts of up to 20 percent under a Senate-passed bill, which eliminates 15 percent of state workers and freezes wages for those remaining on the payroll.

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Surviving state workers would be required to pay more for their health insurance and they would lost their right to use unions to bargain.

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