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Culver says cuts needs to include pay and benefits

JOHNSTON (AP) -- Gov. Chet Culver says it's unrealistic for the state to cut spending by 10 percent without cutting pay and benefits to state workers.

During a taping of Iowa Public Television's "Iowa Press" program on Friday, Culver says he plans to have "very serious" talks with the leaders of state worker unions as he looks to cut state spending.

Culver says he's already opened those conversations and he expects the talks to continue.

Culver ordered the 10 percent across-the-board cut for the current fiscal year last week because of slower than projected state tax collections. The 10 percent cut will total about $565 million.

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