Friday, August 25, 2006

Raj Requests Mayor Use Surplus For Security

Congressional candidate Raj Peter Bhakta today implored Mayor Street to set aside one quarter of the newly announced $202 million budget surplus for the hiring of new police officers and education programs to keep youth away from crime.

In the year that ended June 30, the City of Philadelphia wound up with a surplus of nearly $202 million.

Raj is urging Street to save the city from the violence that is destroying our neighborhoods. “Philadelphia is quickly becoming the murder capital of the United States,” said Raj. “If we have a budget surplus we should put it toward hiring more police officers.”

253 murders have occurred already in Philadelphia this year. “The top priority of government must be public safety,” said Raj. “Right now the people in Philadelphia are not safe.”

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