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Governor Culver Announces Budget Cut Plan

Des Moines (KWWL) -- Governor Culver announced his plans to fill the $565 million budget gap the state faces.

While most of the plans that were submitted last week will be put into place, the governor rejected plans for two departments that would have seen dramatic cuts.

Governor Culver says he has rejected the plans for the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Corrections because he believes the layoffs proposed in the two departments would put public safety at risk.

The governor wants to sit down with the union's representing the employees to explore other ways of cutting the budgets and limiting the layoffs.

The approved cuts equal a total savings of more than $504 million and include the elimination of 410 positions which includes 180 layoffs and the elimination of 229 vacant positions.

Iowa's News Channel 7's John Wilmer will have more tonight on the KWWL News at 5 and 6.

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