Minneapolis Fire Dept spent $2 million on overtime in 2012

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Councilmember Hodges and union president Lakosky interpret the increase differently.
The Minneapolis Fire Department's overtime costs skyrocketed in 2012 from the year prior, landing at just under $2 million by the end of December, according to city records.

That's about $900,000 more than 2011 -- a year when city councilmembers criticized then-Chief Alex Jackson for the department's rising overtime bill -- and the dramatic increase is being interpreted very differently throughout the ranks of the department and by elected officials.

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