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STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TAKES JOB CUTS

Employees at the state Department of Education received pink slips this week reflecting Gov. Pataki's proposal to cut state-funded jobs there by 30 percent, according to a published report this morning.

Effective April 20, 124 workers will lose their jobs and 143 will retire, the Times Union of Albany reported.

Pataki had proposed cutting the 977 state-funded jobs by 30 percent. The rest of the 3,600 jobs are federally funded or supported by other revenues, the paper reported.

Amy Serson, who has three children, was one of the employees to receive a pink slip. Ms. Serson's $16,900-a-year job as a data entry operator trainer provided health insurance for her family.

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