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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.


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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