Pa. AG praises General Assembly for budget increase

By Bryan Cohen | Jul 8, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane thanked lawmakers in the General Assembly on Saturday for passing a budget that will partially restore effective funding levels for her office.

Kane's office experienced decreased funds for several years. The state budget's allocation to Kane's office was cut every year since 2006, aside from a $600,000 increase in 2008.

Kane said the lawmakers worked hard to make up for the cuts with an 11 percent increase in its allocation from the state budget.

"The real winners are the citizens of Pennsylvania," Kane said. "They'll be safer in their homes and on their streets because this budget will strengthen our ability to enforce the law."

The budget increases will increase funding for Kane's Child Predator Unit and fund her Mobile Street Crimes Unit. Kane said that she and her colleagues would be good stewards of the resources, ensuring they make the most of the funding increase.

"We've been working hard, but now we will work even harder," Kane said. "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."

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