Rendell: We now only need 700 layoffs. Or, 19,700.

The Patriot-News reports that Gov. Rendell is revising the number of layoffs he believes will be necessary to meet the state's budget downward, from 1,000 to 700.

Administration officials have indicated that some of the job cuts will be covered by not filling vacant positions, but layoffs will still be required to cut costs of operating state government. More information on the number and agencies affected by the layoffs could come as early as next week, an administration official said.

Of course, this has little bearing on the layoffs that could result if the very-real possibility that $850 million in FMAP money doesn't arrive from the federal government comes to pass.

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