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Published April 05, 2013, 11:41 AM

Panel created to trim Minnesota agencies may get axed

How's this for irony? A Minnesota commission created to determine which state agencies and boards are ripe for elimination is now on the chopping block itself.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — How's this for irony? A Minnesota commission created to determine which state agencies and boards are ripe for elimination is now on the chopping block itself.

A budget bill in the Democratic-led House would get rid of the Minnesota Sunset Advisory Commission. The panel was created two years ago when Republicans were in charge. They touted it as a way to weed out government offices some people deem ineffective.

The commission met about a dozen times over the last couple of years and didn't recommend cutting any government entities altogether. It did press for further reviews of some boards, including one that regulates combative sports like boxing and mixed martial arts.

The push to eliminate the Sunset Advisory Commission is in a broad budget bill that funds core government agencies.

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