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The Associated Press April 19, 2011, 10:52AM ET

Minn. bill would limit use of public employee dues

A Minnesota lawmaker wants to block public employees' union dues from going to support political activity, foundations and magazines unless employees ask to contribute to those items.

A Senate state government panel postponed action Monday on the bill from Republican Sen. Pam Wolf of Spring Lake Park until after the Legislature returns from a weeklong break.

Wolf said her proposal isn't anti-union but meant to give union members more control over dues deducted from their paychecks.

Wolf, a teacher who belongs to the Education Minnesota union, said about $60 of roughly $400 she pays in dues end up going to political action committees, foundations and publications.

Her bill would stop that unless an employee made a request in writing.


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