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Joint Finance Committee approves cutting 32 jobs at DNR

Wisconsin DNR logo (properly sized)
Wisconsin DNR logo (properly sized)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Budget negotiators at the Capitol have approved the elimination of 32 positions in the Department of Natural Resources.

West Bend Republican Senator Glenn Grothman proposed the cuts Thursday. He says the jobs have been open for at least a year, though his formal motion didn’t limit the cuts to currently vacant positions.

Democrats on the Joint Finance Committee argued Grothman’s proposal wasn’t specific enough, failing to include information about the positions he had targeted.

Republicans answered that the positions were apparently not critical, since the DNR has been doing its work without filling them.

Grothman’s proposal was approved on a 12-4 party line vote.