Bill: $1M a Year to Train Laid Off Casino Workers

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A New Jersey state senator is proposing legislation to retrain thousands of laid-off Atlantic City casino workers for new jobs.

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Burlington County Republican Sen. Diane Allen says she'll introduce a bill creating the Education Initiative for Former Casino Workers.

It would dedicate at least $1 million a year from the state Labor Department's Workforce Development Partnership Fund to provide training and education to workers laid off from an Atlantic City casino within the past two years.

It also would apply to Taj Mahal casino workers still on the job but threatened with a Dec. 20 layoff.

Four of Atlantic City's 12 casinos have gone out of business so far this year. The Taj Mahal would be the fifth, bringing the total of laid-off casino workers to 11,000.