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GOV. CASEY OUTLINES OPERATION JUMP START FOR PENNSYLVANIA BUSINESS/LABOR LEADERS

 GOV. CASEY OUTLINES OPERATION JUMP START FOR
 PENNSYLVANIA BUSINESS/LABOR LEADERS
 HARRISBURG, Pa., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Gov. Robert P. Casey today told Blair County business and labor leaders that the state is building a strong foundation for economic growth through the most aggressive and ambitious infrastructure investment program in the state's history.
 The governor said the program, called Operation Jump Start, has created 26,000 new jobs in the past year and has pumped millions of dollars into hard-hit local economies.
 "What we're doing is using the power of public investment to get more men and women back on the job and to keep them there," Casey said at a luncheon as part of the state's 15th Capital for a Day program.
 "We began more than a year ago with strong and decisive action. Other states were holding back, but we went full speed ahead. Right in the middle of a recession, we launched a job-generating blitz to jump start the economy."
 Casey said that the state has "fast-tracked" more than $660 million in projects for highways, bridges, airports, clean water systems, prisons, mass transit systems and port development.
 In the Altoona area, the state and federal governments are each spending about $350 million to help link Route 220 with major economic centers.
 Casey also pointed out that the state has accelerated a $1.5 billion prison construction expansion program and that the Department of Transportation is gearing up for a billion dollars a year in new projects.
 In addition, the state has invested almost a billion dollars in PENNVEST clean water and sewer projects across the Commonwealth.
 Casey urged the leaders to support a $350 million PENNVEST bond referendum on the April 28 primary election ballot.
 "A 'yes' vote on April 28 will create new jobs, help the environment, promote the public's good health and protect the environment -- all at the same time," Gov. Casey said.
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