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Governor sees need to cut state personnel


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The state's next two-year budget is likely to be lower than current spending, and the governor is asking most agencies to identify 4 percent cuts in personnel budgets. Budget Director David Ewer told agency directors last week to submit the proposed cuts as the state begins planning for the 2012-13 budget. "This is only a starting point," Ewer said Tuesday. "We don't have to submit our budget until November. We're showing fiscal discipline today; it's always easier to add later than to cut later." Speaker of the House Bob Bergren, D-Havre, said this morning he had not yet seen the memo and...

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