The State of Pennsylvania has spent so much on homeland security since Sept. 11 that even the director of that effort says other sources of revenue must be found to continue the effort.
Justifying the need for such expenditures as necessary for the safety of the general public will win more support if officials can show the spending truly enhances citizens' safety.
This week the Associated Press reported that $200 million has been spent so far on post-Sept. 11 security measures. About $50 million of it was federal money this year, but how much Uncle Sam will send the Keystone State in 2003 is unknown now.
Where's it going? In addition to getting 100 new troopers, the state police will get $73 million in other new money, $45 million of which will go toward an information-management system.