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Governor Corbett's Budget Offers Hope For Pennsylvania's Future

This budget proposes funding for:

  • Three new cadet classes for the Pennsylvania State Police in the next fiscal year with a potential for 290 new state troopers.
  • In addition, the state police will hire 90 new civilian dispatchers, freeing our state troopers to get back out on the roads and into the communities where they are most needed.

The Justice Reinvestment Initiative, adopted last year, examined ways to make the state prison, parole and probation agencies more efficient.

"Our Justice Reinvestment Initiative gets eligible offenders out of the system and works to re-introduce them as productive citizens,'' Corbett said.

The savings of about $139 million over five years will be moved to the "front end" of the justice system, where it can be used for victim services, local policing, county-based offender treatment and improved probation services.

The proposed budget also calls for:
  • An increase of $1.3 million, for a total of $13.8 million, for the Domestic Violence Program, and an increase of $700,000, for a total of $7.7 million, for the Rape Crisis Program.
  • Providing $10 million for juvenile justice intervention, including academic and career training for delinquent youths, as well as strategies for delinquency and violence prevention.

"We need to be tough on crime and smarter about preventing it,'' Corbett said.

Jobs

"Over the past two years, we have worked together to reform and remake Pennsylvania,'' Corbett said.

"We, working together, eliminated a $4.2 billion budget deficit without raising taxes.

"We took the first steps toward reforming our tax code to attract new businesses and jobs which has already resulted in more than 100,000 new private sector jobs.''

"We, working together, Republicans and Democrats, saved the Unemployment Compensation System, saved three refineries, and are close to winning a $4 billion petrochemical plant in the state's west.

To continue this trend, this year's proposed budget:
  • Implements PA BIZ Online, an upgrade of the Open for Business website, to guide potential entrepreneurs in establishing new business in Pennsylvania.
  • Expands the Children's Specialized Services program to assist children who are blind or visually impaired, and their families, with federal vocational rehabilitation funding.
  • Continues the Project SEARCH program for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities so they can transition from school to work.
  • Implements the comprehensive job matching system, providing employment data, including current and projected job openings, and eventually help employers find qualified candidates for their open positions.
  • Creates recruitment hubs to help businesses find the skilled workers they need.
  • Continues to combine PA CareerLink and the Employment Advancement and Retention Network, eliminating duplication of services and better deliver employment and training services.
  • Streamlines the workers' compensation system by improving care for injured workers and reducing medical costs for employers.
  • Continues support of Keystone Works, encouraging businesses to provide on-the-job training for new workers, while allowing workers to continue receiving benefits as they learn a new skill.

"Even in the hardest times, we believed in better days,'' Corbett said.

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