But some Republicans think it's likely to surface again as legislators deal with the state's budget problems.
The Republican-controlled Legislature and Democratic Gov. Mark Parkinson must close a projected $328 million deficit in the next state budget.
Republicans used their majority on the House Appropriations Committee to add a 5 percent cut for the state's 42,000 workers to a budget-balancing bill.
That was Thursday night. By Friday evening, GOP leaders had backed off, sensing that the pay cut would sink the budget-balancing plan. The House removed it on a voice vote.
Parkinson says he doesn't think the pay cut is necessary to balance the budget.
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