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GOP lawmakers may sink Minn. state employee pacts


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Public employee contracts for Minnesota state workers could face difficulty winning approval from the Legislature.

A House-Senate subcommittee headed by Republicans plans to consider the pacts next week after labor unions representing 31,000 employees voted to approve contracts negotiated with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's administration.

Republican Sen. Mike Parry says he expects the panel will vote to put the brakes on the deals, describing them as too generous.

KSTP-TV reports that a negative vote in the subcommittee would leave the contracts in limbo until the Legislature convenes in January.

The deals between the state and the unions are already overdue. Workers have been paid under the terms of their old contracts more than a year after they were supposed to expire.

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