President Clinton Has Delivered on His PromisesMaking Pennsylvania a Better Place to Live and Work. President Clinton has been a leader on the issues the people of Pennsylvania care about. President Clinton has delivered:
A Growing Economy: Unemployment in Pennsylvania has dropped from 7.4% to 5.3%. Our nation has the lowest combined rate of unemployment, inflation, and mortgage rates since 1968. Consumer confidence is at its highest level in six years, real wages are rising for the first time in a decade, and homeownership is at a 15-year high. New Jobs, Better Wages: 181,800 new private-sector jobs created in Pennsylvania under President Clinton after losing jobs during the previous four years; 10.5 million jobs created nationally. Because President Clinton signed the minimum wage increase on 8-20-96, 193,000 workers in Pennsylvania received a pay raise. Over the next two years 430,000 workers in Pennsylvania will benefit from the minimum wage increase. Stronger Families: The Family and Medical Leave Act protects over 2.1 million workers in Pennsylvaniaallowing them 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the birth of a child or to take care of a sick family member without fear of losing their jobs. Teen pregnancy is falling, the poverty rate is decreasing, the number of people on welfare is declining. In Pennsylvania alone 78,441 fewer people are on welfare and 34,894 fewer people are on food stamps. Tougher child support enforcement collects nearly $120 million more -- an increase of 15.5% since FY 1992. Increased Access to Education: 1.7 million students in Pennsylvania can benefit from the Presidents reformed student loan program. 26,149 students benefited from Head Start funding and Pennsylvania will receive $34 million in funding for the Goals 2000 academic achievement program. Cut the Deficit in Half: Reducing the burden of national debt for every Pennsylvania family of four by $15,000. A Tax Cut: By expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit, the President cut taxes for 510,000 working families in Pennsylvania and 15 million working families nationwide. President Clinton provided over 53,260 Pennsylvania small businesses with a tax cut this year by expanding the annual expensing allowance from $10,000 to $17,500. In addition, small businesses received a total of $249 million in loan guarantees which will help to create or sustain over 10,450 jobs in Pennsylvania over the next four years. Of these loans, 426 went to women-owned small businesses. Safer Streets and Communities: The Presidents Crime Bill adds 1,893 police officers to Pennsylvanias streets and $4.7 million in funding to combat domestic violence and sexual assault. Three Strikes and Youre Out, the Brady Bill, the Assault Weapons Ban, and community policing are working. Our nations crime rate is down. The number of murders reported has dropped 8%one of the largest declines in three decades. In Pennsylvania alone the crime rate dropped and the state received over $4 million to combat domestic violence and sexual assault. Pension and Health Care Coverage: Because President Clinton signed the Retirement Savings and Security Act, 500,000 workers in Pennsylvania for small businesses will be offered expanded opportunity for pension coverage. In Pennsylvania, as many as 766,000 citizens in families with a worker who changed, lost or left a job with health insurance will be guaranteed continued access to health insurance under the Kassebaum-Kennedy Health Insurance Bill which President Clinton fought for and signed into law. Renewed Growth in Key Industries: After a decade of enormous job losses in construction, manufacturing, and autos, these industries have made a remarkable recoverymore than one million new jobs created under this Administration.
Fighting for a Balanced Budget That Reflects Our Values: Now we are fighting for a balanced budget that will lift the burden of debt off our children and reflect American valuesa balanced budget that:
Honors our commitment to give Americas seniors the health care they deserve. Protects investment in our young peoples futuresHead Start, access to college. Protects Americas clean water and air, national parks, and our public health. Preserves tax fairness for Americas working families.
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