Pennsylvania State Parks Get More Budget Cuts
Blaming the tough economy and deep budget cuts, the state of Pennsylvania announced Monday (Nov. 16) it would lay off 319 more employees across 10 state agencies, bringing to 769 the total number of government jobs cut over the past year.
The lion’s share of the latest cuts are in environmental protection and state parks, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Administration Secretary Naomi Wyatt said the Department of Environmental Protection will see the greatest reductions, losing 138 positions, or about 5% of its work force, while the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission will lay off 85 workers – more than 25% of its staff.
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, losing nine staff posts, plans to reduce services at state parks by cutting back on educational programs and shortening seasonal hours at pools, beaches and campgrounds.