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On Wednesday, May 9, 2012 In appreciation of the hard work and dedication of state employees on behalf of the people of Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Corbett has proclaimed May 9 as State Employee Recognition Day.

“State employees are on the front lines each day, working to make state government more efficient and responsive for the people of Pennsylvania,” said Corbett. “I am honored to serve alongside them, and inspired by the commitment they bring to their jobs.”

State Employee Recognition Day was established in 2001 by the National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE) and the National Governors Association.  According to NASPE, there are nearly 2 million state government employees across the nation. In Pennsylvania, nearly 73,000 full-time employees work in state agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction.

“State workers provide critical services upon which millions of Pennsylvanians depend,” said Corbett. “They also make valuable contributions to our communities.  They are our friends and our neighbors, and they deserve our gratitude.”

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The text of Governor Corbett’s proclamation follows:

State Employee Recognition Day – May 9, 2012

WHEREAS, the commonwealth’s citizens expect and deserve state government that is trustworthy, efficient, accountable, transparent and responsive to their needs; and

WHEREAS, commonwealth employees provide critical services such as public safety, education, health care, human services,  transportation, urban and rural development, environmental stewardship and recreation; and

WHEREAS, commonwealth employees contribute to the quality and effectiveness of state government by performing their duties with professionalism, proficiency, dedication and pride; and

WHEREAS, Pennsylvania’s public servants have adapted with resilience and ingenuity to continued budgetary constraints and other challenges; and

WHEREAS, commonwealth employees reflect the citizens of the commonwealth by representing and respecting the rich diversity of the people they serve; and

WHEREAS, many commonwealth employees contribute to the well-being of their communities through acts of volunteerism and charity; and

WHEREAS, commonwealth employees advance the quality of life of all Pennsylvanians by inspiring excellence and being profound goodwill ambassadors of government across every county in the commonwealth and beyond; and

WHEREAS, on behalf of all Pennsylvanians, it is with great pride that I recognize the contributions of commonwealth employees as part of national public employee appreciation efforts during the week of May 7-11.

THEREFORE, I, Tom Corbett, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim May 9, 2012 as STATE EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION DAY in Pennsylvania and I encourage all citizens to express gratitude to our state employees for their dedication to public service.

Tom Corbett

Sources: PRNewswire-USNewswire & http://www.governor.state.pa.us 
Photo credit to: Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

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