Tuesday, March 17, 2009

"Free Felons! Fire Prosecutors! Arrest Drivers!!"

This bozo Governor we have...

State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel on Monday criticized Gov. Jim Doyle's proposed budget, saying cuts to law enforcement would compromise public safety

Schimel said during a news conference at the Waukesha County Courthouse that Doyle's proposed two-year spending plan calls for a 6.5% cut in district attorneys' budget for 2010.
Since more than 90% of the DA budget is for prosecutor wages and benefits, the only place to make cuts will be in the number of prosecutors, Schimel said

OK, that's Part One.

Van Hollen said public safety would suffer under proposals by the governor to save money by releasing some felons from prison early, terminating extended supervision early and decreasing GPS monitoring of some sex offenders.

The state budget Doyle proposed last month would allow low-risk inmates to shave off up to a third of their sentences if they followed prison rules. Doyle has said 500 to 1,000 inmates would likely be released over two years, saving up to $27 million

That's Part Two.

Remember that ThreeCardMonte Doyle actually INCREASES overall State spending by 8 or 9%.

So it's not like Doyle can't spend money--it's that he won't spend money on stuff like "public safety."

Van Hollen, as well as police chiefs from a number of local departments, also was critical of an unfunded state mandate in the proposed budget that imposes new traffic-stop record-keeping responsibilities on departments in counties with populations of 125,000 or more beginning in 2011...The data would be used to study whether there are racial disparities in traffic stops, according to Van Hollen

And the reason for THAT, the third of today's Trifecta of Dumb Doyle Deeds?

Under current law, officers can issue tickets for not wearing seat belts only during stops for other traffic offenses. By changing the law, Wisconsin can reap $15 million to $20 million a year in federal transportation funds, Sensenbrenner said.

To help win votes for the tougher seat-belt enforcement law, the traffic-stop data requirement was added to the budget proposal to ensure that seat-belt enforcement is being applied fairly, Sensenbrenner said

He's pimping out state residents for $15 million from John Fed.

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