Budget impasse threatens local public safety | TheUnion.com

Budget impasse threatens local public safety

The state Assembly’s failure to pass a budget continues to jeopardize public safety in California’s communities. Because of this logjam, the state cannot filter funding to local governments. That means local police and sheriff’s departments have no idea how much state funding is available to them. This is hampering local law enforcement’s ability to put officers on neighborhood streets or continue innovative crime prevention efforts. This is putting local public safety at risk.

Gov. Davis remains committed to battling crime, and his budget proves that. Funding to fight high-tech crime and identify theft has tripled during his administration. Gray Davis was the first governor in America to declare war on methamphetamine, and funding to battle the meth epidemic remains strong. The governor has also made the state’s largest investment in programs targeting juvenile crime.

Gov. Davis crafted a balanced budget with crime fighting as a high priority but the foot dragging in the Assembly is threatening to create a serious public safety imbalance on the local level.

Allen Sawyer

interim executive director

Governor’s Office of Criminal Justice Planning

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