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Hundreds of Pa. state government layoffs expected

October 24, 2009 2:15:46 PM PDT
Hundreds more employees of Pennsylvania's state government are expected to get pink slips.

Gov. Ed Rendell said Friday that he expects hundreds of layoffs to be made right before Thanksgiving as a result of spending cuts.

Rendell made the comments during an interview on WHYY radio in Philadelphia. Many details are still being worked out, he said.

Rendell signed a key state appropriations bill on Oct. 9 that would reduce overall state spending by nearly 2 percent in an effort to help address a multibillion-dollar, recession-driven shortfall.

The state has laid off more than 300 employees since July because of spending cuts.

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