In a series of end-of-administration interviews and a press conference, Gov. Rendell this week outlined his Administration's accomplishments since taking office in 2003. They included:
-- Invested $4.4 billion in economic development programs to help create 308,694 projected jobs and retain 101,162 projected jobs.
-- Trained 157,000 workers for high-skill, high-demand jobs that pay a family-sustaining wage.
-- A 2005 report by IBM Business Consulting Services ranked Pennsylvania 5th among the 50 states for attracting the most foreign direct investment.
-- Implemented the state’s first-ever Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards, requiring that 18 percent of all energy come from renewable or advanced energy sources by 2020.
-- Enacted conservation measures that will reduce energy consumption by three percent by 2013, including a 4.5 percent reduction in peak demand.
-- Ranked third in the nation for clean energy jobs by the Pew Charitable Trusts and second in the nation for solar industry jobs according to the Solar Foundation.
-- Recognized by the EPA as the fifth largest purchaser of green power in the nation and the only state in the top 20.
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-- Increased student achievement for all grades in reading and math, bringing 290,000 more students up to grade level since 2003.
-- Recognized by the non-partisan Center for Education Policy as the only state in the nation making significant progress boosting achievement in all subject and grade levels
-- Implemented a school funding formula to invest in proven academic programs and take the burden off of local property taxes.
-- Provided the state’s first-ever investment in pre-kindergarten, and now 11,475 children are in the Pre-K Counts program.
Children's Health Insurance
-- Since 2003, total enrollment in CHIP has increased by 53 percent; the program now provides health insurance to 193,223 children, a 67,240 increase.
-- Enacted legislation to Cover All Kids so that every family can afford health insurance for their children by expanding eligibility and making it possible to enroll 39,454 additional kids.
-- Reduced the cost of operating the government by more than $1.75 billion annually through management and productivity reforms in order to better serve taxpayers
-- Reduced general government operations spending below 2003 levels.
-- Ranked seventh in the nation for fiscal stability, according to a Pew student of state finances as reported in the Wall Street Journal; Pennsylvania was the only large industrial state and the only state in the northeast to appear in the top ten.
Property Tax Relief
-- Enacted a historic property tax relief law that has reduced property taxes by an average of $200 for every household and will ultimately provide $1 billion a year in property tax relief.
-- Eliminated school property taxes for 120,000 seniors, and cut school property taxes in half for an additional 108,000 senior citizens.
-- Put in place the state’s first-ever limits on a school board’s ability to raise property taxes without voter approval.These items were included in a more comprehensive list of Administration Accomplishments and in a separate Campaign Promises Kept summary.