July 6, 2013
Attorney General Kane thanks General Assembly for budget increase
(Harrisburg, PA) On this Independence Day weekend when Pennsylvanians celebrate the birth and meaning of democracy, Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane thanked lawmakers for their help and support in passing a budget that will at least partially restore effective funding levels for the Office of Attorney General. Pennsylvania's legislators did their job.
The OAG has been starved for funds for several years. The agency's allocation has been cut every year since 2006, with the exception of a $600,000 bump in 2008.
This year, Kane says, lawmakers worked hard to make up for that. The OAG received an 11% increase in its state budget allocation. That won't reverse the damage done in the lean years, but Kane says at least it's a start.
"The real winners are the citizens of Pennsylvania. They'll be safer in their homes and on their streets because this budget will strengthen our ability to enforce the law," said Kane.
Kane says she is especially thankful that the budget funds her Mobile Street Crimes Unit, and increases funding for the OAG Child Predator Unit.
Kane says she and her team are determined to be good stewards of these resources and to make the most of the increase in funding levels.
"We've been working hard, but now we will work even harder. With increased funding to take child predators off the streets and our new Mobile Street Crimes Unit, combined with our existing initiatives to protect Pennsylvanians, our dedicated law enforcement professionals will take our fight against crime even more directly to the streets. We can now put more boots on the ground."