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Rep. Morrie Lanning of Moorhead briefs reporters Wednesday on his bill that funds several state government agencies. Looking on is Rep. Keith Downey of Edina. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

House OKs bill cutting 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.

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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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