Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell Thursday warned that he would lay off 1,000 state employees to help balance the current budget unless the legislature passes a table games bill by Jan. 8.

The gaming bill would allow race tracks and slot casinos to offer roulette, blackjack, and poker, an initiative expected to generate $250 million of needed revenue for the state's fiscal 2010 budget. The fiscal year began July 1.

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