New Orleans Casino Cuts Jobs

(New Orleans-AP) About four months after getting a major tax break from the state to stay open, Harrah's New Orleans Casino today cut 148 jobs. The casino says the reductions were needed to match the demand of its customers.

The move immediately drew heat from elected officials, as well as a long-time opponent of the gambling hall.

Kenner Representative Danny Martiny says he was not surprised by the cuts. Long-time gambling opponent C-B Forgotston said the casino had delayed implementing job cuts until it got what it wanted from the state.

The casino had threatened to close until the Legislature cut its minimum state in half to 50 (m) million dollars annually and gave it permission to have expanded restaurants and its own hotel with discounted rooms. State Senator Ken Hollis of Metairie says such layoffs are part of normal business.