HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - More than 24,000 state employees in Pennsylvania have an unplanned and unpaid day off today.
Governor Ed Rendell ordered a partial shutdown of the state government last night after last-minute negotiations with the Legislature failed to break a budget stalemate. The state is nine days into its new fiscal year, and without a budget it's lost the authority to spend money on nonessential services and employees.
State-run museums and parks are closed. One woman who says she'd been cramming for her driver's test showed up to get her permit today, but found the office closed.
Rendell says he's hopeful that a budget agreement can be reached today.