ld argue their case that they should stay open. br>
The second-term Democratic governor blamed Republicans, who control the Senate, for the potential furloughs, accusing them of dragging their feet on priorities he asked them to consider. Those include massive new funding for public school programs, transportation and alternative energy, as well as measures to cut health care costs.
The spending plan was estimated to be around $27 billion.
Republicans contend that Rendell is using the threat of furloughs as a negotiating tool to get them to sign off on a sprawling energy policy that not only needs more public debate, but is peripheral to the budget. br>
The Rendell administration lowered the reported total of employees on furlough, from more than 24,000 to 23,562. Their wages are $3.5 million a day, according to Rendell's Office of Administration. The furloughed workers won't be paid for the time they are off but will continue to be covered by the state's health plan, at least temporarily. br>
In state Commonwealth Court on Monday, lawyers for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents most of the displaced employees, and two smaller unions, urged a judge to halt the furloughs. br>
Senior Judge Barry Feudale had promised to issue a decision Tuesday.
The unions contend that the Rendell administration's classification of state employees into "critical" and "noncritical" groups violated collective bargaining laws and that it did not provide lists of noncritical employees until recent days.
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