It's the Cops-and-Firefighters' Protection Act.
Yes, it will produce problems.
The law, which was worked into the state’s 2009-11 budget, requires county and municipal governments spend at least as much as they did the year before on police, fire and emergency medical services. If a government fails to meet the requirement, the state, according to the law, will withhold shared-revenue payments.
The law means local construction projects likely will suffer as county and municipal governments craft their upcoming budgets...
How piggish ARE the cops and firefighters?
“Look at where fuel prices were two years ago,” [the Madison city controller] said. “The city spent a lot on fuel just for the police and fire departments. Well, then they drop in 2009, so we have a savings there. Under this new law, we couldn’t use those savings for other needs.
“We can’t consider efficiencies. We just have to keep spending the same amount.”It used to be counter-cultural to refer to the cops as "pigs."
Not any more.