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Workers' comp needs a cure

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Good news: Fewer Minnesota workers were hurt on the job in 2006 than at any time over the previous 10 years.

Bad news: That same year the state's workers' compensation system cost businesses $1.7 billion, more than ever before.

"Costs in the system are rising while the number of injuries are going down," said Steve Sviggum, former Minnesota legislator and now commissioner of the state's department of labor and industry.

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