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CRIME COMMISSION CITED AS PRIME EXAMPLE OF GOVERNMENT WASTE

 CRIME COMMISSION CITED AS PRIME EXAMPLE OF GOVERNMENT WASTE
 PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Citing the Pennsylvania Crime Commission as a "2.5 million bureaucratic waste of taxpayer dollars," the Pennsylvania Leadership Council today named the agency the first Golden Paperclip Award winner of 1992.
 "In the past decade, the Pennsylvania Crime Commission has spent $22 million tax dollars and has not one prosecution to show for its effort," said Lowman S. Henry, president of the Pennsylvania Leadership Council, which awards the tongue-in-cheek "honor" four times a year to an individual, agency or spending program which wastes public funds.
 When it was founded 23 years ago, the Pennsylvania Crime Commission was charged with the responsibility of keeping tabs on organized crime and issuing annual reports on criminal activities.
 However, the law enforcement landscape in Pennsylvania has changed dramatically since that time, making the crime commission an unnecessary duplication of efforts more efficiently done by other agencies.
 The biggest change was the formation of an independent Office of Attorney General. That, along with a significant curtailing of the Crime Commission's subpoena powers has left the agency, in the words of the Harrisburg Patriot-News, "law enforcement's fifth wheel."
 "All this agency does is study organized crime and issue reports," Henry stated. "It prosecutes no criminals, it prevents no crime."
 Henry said the Pennsylvania Leadership Council supports legislation introduced late last year by state Sen. Melissa Hart (R-Allegheny) which would abolish the Pennsylvania Crime Commission.
 "Senator Hart correctly points out that the functions of the Pennsylvania Crime Commission could be carried out far more efficiently and effectively by the Office of Attorney General, which also monitors organized crime activities," Henry explained.
 "Moreover," Henry added, "the attorney general can also actually do something with the information he gathers. That's something the Pennsylvania Crime Commission can't do -- get results."
 Hart's legislation calls for $700,000 of the $2.5 million tax dollars saved by abolishing the Pennsylvania Crime Commission to be given to the Office of Attorney General to use in funding local drug task forces.
 "Senator Hart's legislation accomplishes two commendable goals," Henry said. "First, it gives more money to Attorney General Ernie Preate's municipal drug task force program which represents a truly innovative effective use of tax dollars to address a significant community need and, taxpayers would benefit by having $1.8 million annually cut from the state budget."
 Henry labeled Hart's legislation a "win-win" proposal for Pennsylvanians and called upon the General Assembly to make adoption of her proposal to eliminate the Pennsylvania Crime Commission a top priority when it returns to session later this month.
 The Golden Paperclip Award was established in 1991 as symbolic of waste and inefficiency in state government. The Golden Paperclip was chosen for this role after state Rep. Richard Hayden of Philadelphia used one to cast an absentee vote -- the deciding vote -- on adoption of the state's 1991-92 budget which contained the biggest single tax increase in the history of the commonwealth.
 Anyone interested in nominating an individual, agency or program for the next Golden Paperclip Award, to be announced in early March, should forward details to the Pennsylvania Leadership Council, 223 State St., Harrisburg, Pa., 17101.
 The Pennsylvania Leadership Council is a non-partisan, non-profit citizen's lobby which promotes pro-taxpayer, pro-free enterprise public policy on both the state and national levels.
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