HARRISBURG, February 23, 2011 – – State Sen. John P. Blake today joined Senate Democratic leaders in announcing a six-point plan that could create tens of thousands of jobs in Pennsylvania while reducing state spending and encouraging private investment throughout the state.

‘PA Works’ will focus on small business, workforce training, critical state investments, clean and green energy, infrastructure investment and tax fairness to create more than 28,000 jobs and leverage over $2 billion in new private investments. Blake said PA Works will result in more than $150 million in the state’s General Fund savings.

“While Harrisburg has been basically on hold in anticipation of Gov. Corbett’s budget announcement, we have worked diligently over the past few weeks to come up with an innovative plan to retain and create jobs for hard-working Pennsylvanians,” Blake said. “If we want to come up with a long-term solution for the economic well-being of Pennsylvania, job retention and job creation need to be our top priorities.”

Blake said that ‘PA Works’ uses innovative ideas that will spur job creation, promote a business-friendly environment and expand business opportunities.

“I know firsthand that our current economic development incentives are effective and important to our business community across the state but there are several areas where improvement is necessary and urgent,” said Senator Blake. “Taking the existing programs that we have and making them even more responsive to private-sector initiative is something that will not only save taxpayers’ money, but it will bring the returns on investment that taxpayers demand and deserve.”

For more information on PA Works visit www.senatorblake.com.

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