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Senate Not OK With 1,000 Job Cuts in Agency

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Republicans in the Michigan Senate have no plans to cut more than 1,000 jobs from the state agency that handles welfare and food assistance.

A budget approved Tuesday by a Senate panel would reduce staff by about 270 jobs. It's not as drastic a reduction as in a budget passed earlier in the day by a House subcommittee.

Differences will be resolved before lawmakers' self-imposed June deadline to approve the state budget.

The House plan would cut more than 1,000 jobs from the Department of Human Services. Democrats say the proposal is dangerous, and a department spokesman says it's a "pretty hard body blow."

House Republicans say cuts are needed because they won't support Snyder's call for a surcharge on power bills to cover heating aid for low-income residents.

In a release from David Akerly with DHS, he said, "We are not in agreement with the budget as put forward by the House today. Our staff at DHS is critical to carrying out the reinvention of Michigan and providing exceptional client service. The cuts go far too deep both on the assistance side and in child welfare, and we disagree with the House plan to close our last remaining state juvenile justice facilities. While the Senate plan also calls for cuts, we appreciate that it comes, in current form, much closer to the Governor's executive budget recommendation, which we fully support."

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