CHICAGO - A day before Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland's state of the state address, Republican lawmakers proposed a plan to diminish the size of state government to save the fiscally struggling state up to $1 billion.

The lawmakers said they would introduce companion bills to the House and Senate that would cut the number of state agencies to 10 from 24. Under the plan, roughly 11,000 state jobs would be eliminated. Ohio currently employs more than 60,000 people.

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