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ST. PAUL – Over 6,300 state workers will avoid being laid off after the Minnesota House of Representatives passed legislation authored by House Jobs & Economic Opportunity Committee Chairman Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont). The House and Senate both passed the Environment, Agriculture and Economic Development Omnibus bill on Thursday, allowing those areas of state government to avoid being caught up in a partial government shutdown.
'This legislation was important for many reasons,' said Gunther. 'It keeps 6,347 state employees working for Minnesotans and the state parks will remain open.'
Gunther’s legislation also keeps more than 25 state historical sites open that were slated to be shuttered by a partial government shutdown. 'The legislation also provides important ethanol funding that continues Minnesota’s commitment to value-added agriculture and significant funding to address the problem of chronic homelessness.
'We worked many hours in our working group to come up with this compromise legislation,' Gunther added. 'I’m glad we were able to pass it and get it to Governor Pawlenty’s desk in time to avert shutting down the parks and historical sites.'
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