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Minn. bills to curtail public worker pay get look


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Two Republican state senators are introducing a bill to make pensions for government workers more like those for private sector employees.

The bill introduced Monday would make state, city, county and school district employees pay more into their retirement accounts, by cutting the government's share of pension contributions by 3 percent across the board.

Democrats and union officials say the proposal would fall hardest on middle-class Minnesotans. Numerous critics likened it to the public pay and collective bargaining bill that prompted great controversy in Madison.

Another controversial proposal, to give Minnesota school boards the right to implement new contracts if they can't reach negotiated agreement with teachers, gets a hearing Monday afternoon in a Senate committee.

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