Pa. laying off 319 state employees

November 16, 2009 10:40:43 AM PST
The Rendell administration is laying off an additional 319 state workers because of the state government's budget problems.

Administration Secretary Naomi Wyatt said Monday that most of the new furloughs are in the Department of Environmental Protection, where 138 employees are being furloughed, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, where 85 employees will be laid off.

The latest furloughs bring the total to more than 600 since the fiscal year began in July.

Last month, Gov. Ed Rendell said he expected hundreds of layoffs to be made shortly before Thanksgiving as a result of nearly 2 percent in spending cuts to the 2009-10 state budget.

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