Hospitals, museums wait as Pa. funding cuts near

July 26, 2009 11:37:20 AM PDT
When a few top legislators and the governor finally close the doors behind them and hash out differences over how to resolve the state's multibillion-dollar deficit, thousands of others will want to be in the room with them. The breadth of potential cutbacks to cherished programs and subsidies is breathtaking in this recession-ravaged budget year. Officials say it will mean layoffs, belt-tightening and longer waiting lists at everything from veterans' homes to public television stations.

Gov. Ed Rendell's office has been flooded with phone calls, e-mails and personal visits to a far greater degree this year in response to talk of cuts in the state's approximately $28 billion budget.

Even before the state's budget ax falls, many places are cutting back in anticipation of cuts to come.

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