Vereb Joins Governor, State Police Cadets to Support State Police Funding
HERSHEY – As a former law enforcement officer, Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery) today joined Gov. Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania state police Commissioner Frank Noonan, state lawmakers and more than 100 Pennsylvania State Police cadets at the State Police Academy in Hershey as they applauded efforts by the state Legislature to support funding for the Pennsylvania State Police, including two new cadet classes.
“Proposals to increase state police funding died under the former administration, but thanks to Governor Corbett’s leadership, the Legislature worked together in a bipartisan manner to ensure that the Pennsylvania State Police has funding for 100 new cadets this year under the 2012-13 state budget,” said Vereb.
“Public safety is one of the most important jobs of any government and securing adequate funds to fight crime in communities across Pennsylvania is one of my top priorities, without increasing spending or implementing any new taxes on our hardworking citizens,” he said.
Corbett thanked all the members of the House and Senate Judiciary committees who helped pass this year’s state budget that will help continue funding for the state’s top law enforcement agency. A combined effort of the state’s budget and proceeds from municipal fine sharing will contribute to nearly 200 new troopers this year.
“The importance of the job you are about to undertake is made clear by this fact: This fine sharing bill, which will help pay for future cadet classes, passed unanimously in the state Senate and with an overwhelming majority in the House,” Corbett said to the cadets. “It will provide millions of dollars annually for your training and it does so without a tax increase and in a way that directs services to the citizens of our state.’’
Corbett and members of the Legislature voiced their commitment in supporting the state troopers who patrol and protect more than 80 percent of Pennsylvania. Because state police are projecting about 500 vacancies by June 2013 because of retirements and attrition, lawmakers in attendance today agreed that this additional funding is vital in order to keep an adequate number of enlisted officers on the roads to patrol and protect all Pennsylvania citizens.
A combined effort of the state’s budget and proceeds from municipal fine sharing will contribute to nearly 200 new troopers this year.
The General Assembly in June passed Senate Bill 237, now Act 124 of 2012, which changed how revenue from state police-issued traffic tickets will be used. The new law, which took effect Sept. 3, is expected to generate more than $4 million each year to pay for more classes of new cadets.
That revenue would come from tickets for speeding, running red lights and other traffic violations issued by state police in the 1,700 Pennsylvania towns that don’t have full-time local police. A full 50 percent of the ticket revenue produced by state police in the many towns they cover has always gone to the municipality where the violation occurred, with the other half going to the state.
As mandated under Act 124, ticket revenue no longer will be split with larger towns of more than 3,000 people that lack a police force. Instead, all of that ticket revenue will go for more state police cadet classes. Towns with fewer than 3,000 people that lack a police force, however, will continue to get 50 percent of the ticket revenue.
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State Representative Mike Vereb
150th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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