According to Gov. Ed Rendell, Pennsylvania legislators are running out of time to approve table gaming legislation.
The clock is running on Pennsylvania lawmakers as they return this week an attempt to resolve disagreements over legislation to authorize table games at casinos.
Table games legislation is the last major remaining piece of the revenue part of the Pennsylvania budget (see related stories). But lawmakers have been grappling, without success, to finish it since the main budget bill was signed back in October.
In mid-December, Governor Rendell set a deadline of this Friday to send him a table games bill, or he’ll put $250 million dollars of spending into budgetary reserve:
“The only way to do it will be to take money out of general government operations, and that will mean a minimum of a thousand layoffs (see related stories). We will begin processing those layoffs on the following Monday, that would be January 11th, if, in fact, I don’t have a bill to sign by the 8th.”
The governor has said closure of some state parks and/or the state museum could result.
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