Big Labor is turning on Gov. Ed Rendell.
Specifically, the Service Employees International Union doesn't like the governor's recent hiring freeze, leaving some 5,000 state jobs vacant.
Government jobs has always been the trump card for tax-and-spend liberals like Rendell. Democrats who can't deliver government jobs don't have much else to offer.
But the good times are over for Rendell, who has increased state spending by nearly $8 billion since taking office in 2003.
Pennsylvania has run up a $281 million budget deficit in just the first three months of the 2008-09 fiscal year. If the trend continues, the state is facing a $1 billion deficit. The only way to make up the shortfall is to cut services (and jobs) or raise taxes.
Follow the link below to read the union's "sky-is-falling" press release about the hiring freeze:
Service Employees Union Blasts Rendell Hiring Freeze