ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Legislation ordering a 15 percent cut in Minnesota government work force costs is getting an airing in a state House committee.

The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Keith Downey of Edina would give the state until 2015 to achieve the cost reduction. Among the options: furloughs, layoffs, wage freezes and early retirement incentives.

The bill was to get its first hearing Wednesday morning before the House Government Operations and Elections Committee. The bill doesn’t say what a cost cut of that size amounts to in dollar terms.

Minnesota lawmakers are searching for ways to reduce spending as they cope with a projected $6.2 billion budget shortfall.

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Comments (5)
  1. Paul says:

    Why not cut all wages by ten percent immediately?


    Thanks Paul, great Idea. My husbad just took a 30% paycut as a State of Minnesota employee. How much more do you think we can take? Before long we’ll be in line for welfare!

  3. TMH says:

    I agree Hard Working Mom. We should work on other cost saving measures the state provides rather than slash wages of state employees. On the other hand, many companies slashed employee pay so why not also state employees? What a mess we are in.

  4. Mike says:

    I thought the idea was to create more jobs, not create more unemployment.

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