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ADOT will close a dozen of Motor Vehicle Divisions offices

PHOENIX -- Arizonans could find themselves with few places to register their vehicles or get a new licenses -- and nowhere along state roads to take a pit stop -- if lawmakers take more money from the Department of Transportation budget, its director is warning.

In a memo to the governor's office John Halikowski pointed out that his original $398 million in state revenues already was cut to $320 million. ADOT already has announced it will close a dozen of its Motor Vehicle Division offices for the time being, though which ones are still being decided.

And 13 of the state's 18 rest areas are going to be blockaded beginning next month.

Halikowski said taking another 15 percent of that -- the target Gov. Jan Brewer gave to all of her agencies -- would trim his funding to just $260 million. At that point, he said, more than half of the agency's 4,000 employees would be laid off, as his agency would have only six months to pare $60 million in expenses.

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