Pennsylvania Leaders Reach Budget Agreement

By Gabe Osterhout

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 10, 2007 at 12:12 AM EDT

"I think they should worry more about the people in the state."

That's how many people in Pennsylvania feel after more than 24 thousand state employees were told to stay home, without pay.

Governor Ed Rendell furloughed the employees saying without a budget, the state can't spend money on non-critical services.

"I don't understand what they think the people are going to live on if they can't work and they haven't got a job, I mean they've got children," says Hellen Carlsen of Hallstead.

This morning, state parks were shut down and people were asked to leave.

Other places people use like highway welcome centers and drivers license offices have also been closed.

Some people blame the government for playing politics and not working for the best interest of the people.

"If they do their job as we have to do our job in private corporations, they'd had the job done. If they ran the state like a private corporation, they wouldn't have the problems," says Ray Osterhout of Hallstead.

"If they weren't getting paid, I bet it would have gotten done. They're still getting their paychecks. There's a lot of people down here that work week to week that work for the state...they can't afford to be out," says Steven McGuire of Hallstead.

All furloughed employees will be allowed back to work tomorrow, if that budget, in fact, has been agreed to.

Democratic Senator Vincent Fumo says the deal will address some of Governor Rendell's health
care and energy initiatives.

But says it will not impose the surcharge on electric rates the governor wanted.

We'll have the latest information, Tuesday morning, on Action News beginning at 5.

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