Harrisburg – The Senate today approved a state budget for Fiscal Year 2013-14 that includes a significant increase in public safety funding, according to Senator Jake Corman (R-34), who serves as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and worked to gain support for the measure.
“I am proud of the fact that we were able to come together on a budget that holds the line on spending, while still finding room to make key investments,” said Corman. “At the top of the list of those priorities is public safety funding.”
Public safety funding support includes an overall increase for the Attorney General’s Office by more than $9 million. The increased support provides an additional $3 million funding for the Child Predator Interceptor Unit and $2.5 million for a new Mobile Street Crimes Unit.
“Through this process, I have worked with Attorney General Kathleen Kane on finding funding solutions that would provide the financial resources to make a significant impact on child protection in the Commonwealth,” said Corman. “It is imperative that the state take a proactive approach to identifying and prosecuting predators before they can hurt children. This is exactly what the Child Predator Interceptor Unit was created to do and I am glad we were able to work cooperatively to support and strengthen this worthy program.”
Additionally, the budget increases funding for the State Police by nearly $15 million and funds three new State Police training classes, which will enroll 290 new cadets.
To view a copy of the budget line item breakdown, please visit Senator Corman’s website at www.jakecorman.com.