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Minn. panel may hold up state employee contracts

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Republican-led legislative panel may put new contracts for more than 27,000 state employees on hold at a hearing on Thursday.

The Subcommittee on Employee Relations is scheduled to vote on the two-year contracts for the two largest state employee unions.

At a hearing earlier this month, Republicans who dominate the panel reacted skeptically to a 2 percent pay raise for all state employees starting in January.

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