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Rendell: Prisons, welfare may see most job cuts

Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009.

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009. ((AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster))

Legislative leaders are trying to pass a bill legalizing games like blackjack and poker at Pennsylvania casinos. The goal is to use the taxes on the casinos to deal with a budget crunch.

Gov. Ed Rendell says if such a bill isn't on the way to his desk by the end of the week, he'll need to lay off nearly 1,000 state workers. He says the state prison system and the Department of Public Welfare will see the bulk of the job cuts.

Legislative leaders plan to brief their rank-and-file members on progress in their negotiations on Tuesday.

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