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Pennsylvania Legislature

Pennsylvania lawmakers are pictured at the state Capitol in Harrisburg.

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is cutting its ranks after 63 legislative employees jumped on the chance to be paid a bonus to quit their jobs.

Pennlive.com reported that 31 Republican staffers, 21 Democratic staffers and 11 who work under the House chief clerk and comptroller's offices took the offer for $1,000 payments for each year of service, up to 25 years.

The offer was open to those with at least five years' experience. It expired at the end of August.

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Those who took the voluntary buyout can't return to House employment for a decade but are free to find work elsewhere in state government.

The goal is to replace senior workers with lower-paid employees, and to reap savings by eliminating an unspecified number of positions.

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