ST. PAUL (AP) -- The plan to freeze wages of all government workers in Minnesota for two years probably won't pass the Legislature, Gov. Tim Pawlenty conceded Friday on his weekly radio show.
Key legislators, including Republican House Speaker Steve Sviggum, have expressed uneasiness with a broad freeze that would cover all state, city, county and public school workers.
Pawlenty said he still thinks it's a good idea. "Otherwise it's going to be more reductions in programs and more layoffs," he said.
Public employee union leaders also oppose the freeze, arguing any wage concessions should be subject to collective bargaining.
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