Monday, January 4, 2010

More PHMC Layoffs Threatened

It may be a new year, but it's the same old bad budgetary news from Harrisburg.

Gov. Ed Rendell warned today that he'll lay off 995 state employees -- including four more staff from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission -- unless the Legislature approves table gaming legislation by this Friday, January 8. The Inquirer posted the details here.

No doubt Rendell is using the threat of additional layoffs as a political bargaining chip, but I've heard few alternatives for raising the $250 million in new taxes that table games would supposedly raise.

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