NJ Turnpike Authority to chop 67 jobs

(AP) - New Jersey's Turnpike Authority hasadopted a budget that calls for eliminating 67 full-time jobsthrough attrition and retirements.

Authority spokesman Joe Orlando says layoffs would be a "lastresort."

The authority operates the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden StateParkway.

The job cuts are contained in the $485.2 million operatingbudget for 2010 that the agency's board adopted on Wednesday.

The budget is 0.9 percent higher than the plan adopted in 2008and 2009. It includes nearly $200,000 more for snow removal.

Outgoing Executive Director Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti says thebudget includes a 4 percent decrease in discretionary costs.

However, operating expenses increased to cover raises and highercosts for state police, pension and benefits, and electronic tollcollections.

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