The Philadelphia Inquirer reported the State of Pennsylvania will lay off 319 more employees across 10 state agencies, bringing to 769 the total number of government jobs cut over the past year. The State is blaming the tough economy and deep budget cuts. The majority of the latest cuts are in environmental protection and state parks.
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which runs State parks, will be cutting back on educational programs and shortening seasonal hours at pools, beaches, and campgrounds.
Reductions at the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, means suspending services at six historic sites, closing the state museum in Harrisburg two days a week, and eliminating all new exhibit spending. The educational programs and other services at these historic sites will be discontinued and buildings mothballed.