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      Cities, counties cutting worker hours instead of paying health care costs

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      A number of local governments are choosing to cut the working hours of their staffs rather than pay for new health care expenses that will be required under the Affordable Care Act, the Washington Post reports.

      The Post's Reid Wilson reports that cities and counties across the country, including Lynchburg and Chesterfield County in Virginia, are cutting the hours of hundreds of employees instead of paying for their new health care costs.

      Governments in Texas, Florida, Wisconsin and New Jersey are taking similar action.

      As one example, officials in Brevard County, Fla., which sits on Florida's Atlantic coast east of Orlando, say the new mandate would cost them $10,000 per year per employee. That would add up, the Post reports, to $1.38 million per year in additional costs.

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