Iowa Gov. Chet Culver last week announced the state would cut an additional 180 positions and require 3,200 nonunion employees to take seven unpaid days off work to help balance the budget.

Culver is also seeking union concessions to help fend off the need for more than 500 layoffs for prison workers, probation officers, state troopers, fire marshals, and other law enforcement officers in further cost-cutting measures.

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