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More Pa. State Government Layoffs Expected Soon

The Associated Press via YellowBrix

October 20, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) ― It appears likely that state government will announce another round of layoffs soon.

Gov. Ed Rendell said Monday that he might make an announcement on layoffs by the end of the week. The state has laid off more than 300 employees since July because of spending cuts.

Rendell signed a state budget on Oct. 9 that cuts overall state spending by nearly 2 percent, and slashes the Department of Environmental Protection by about 27 percent.

Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger says there’ll be additional layoffs, but he isn’t offering specifics. His agency currently has more than 2,770 employees.

Sen. Mary Jo White, who chairs the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, says the department’s cuts will be partially offset by higher permitting fees.

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