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ST. PAUL, Minn. - With a looming $6.2 billion dollar state budget deficit, outgoing Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been in the spotlight recently, blaming public employee unions for a big part of both state and national financial woes. Pawlenty has said public employees' union members are overpaid, and receive benefits he considers excessive.
Eliot Seide, executive director of AFSCME Council 5, the union that represents state workers, calls those claims myths, and counters that public employees are playing an important role in Minnesota's economic recovery.