HARRISBURG – The furlough of thousands of state workers and the curtailment of many state services went into effect at 12:01 a.m. today. However, the Commonwealth Court quickly issued a preliminary injunction to keep casinos open until a hearing could be held tomorrow morning.
Gov. Rendell announced the action at literally the eleventh hour – 11:20 last night – ending a day of speculation about what today would bring in Pennsylvania.
While apologizing to state workers and residents for the action, the first furloughs in recent history, Rendell said he hoped that it was only a one-day situation. He said meetings would resume today between his office and key legislative leaders to try to reach an agreement.