Philadelphia is set to give pink slips to about 3,000 city employees Friday, but a bill that sits in the Pennsylvania Senate could help the city balance its fiscal 2010 budget and avert the massive layoffs and service reductions.

Senate Republicans, which control the chamber, have yet to announce when they may take up HB 1828. In addition, the Senate could alter amendments made to the bill by the House, which would further delay the measure's progression through the legislature. Democrats have a majority in the House.

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