Republican Senators Block House Vote to Cut 1,000 DHS Workers

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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.

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