By Bruce Hagevik, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — All public employees statewide would contribute more toward their pensions under a bill introduced by Republican State Sen. Gretchen Hoffman of Vergas.

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NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Bruce Hagevik Reports

“It’s about what we need to do in the state of Minnesota to keep the state afloat,” said Hoffman.

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Public employees would put in three percent more under the proposed bill. Hoffman said it would save the state about $50 million in the first two years.

But there’s strong opposition from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union.

“It’s a diversion from the fact that the richest Minnesotans aren’t paying their fair share of taxes,” said executive director of AFSCME Eliot Seide.

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DFL lawmakers joined state labor leaders in opposing the idea. Hoffman said she has plenty of support in the Republican-controlled state legislature.