Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Defund the police

Oddly, the Republicans are the only ones who are trying to defund the police legislatively:
Republicans, meanwhile, have indicated that they plan to unveil a roughly $1 trillion bill; they’ve also shied away from supporting state and local funding, a stance that Democrats — and some Republican mayors and governors — have criticized.
Police are funded by state and local governments. Unlike the federal government, state and local governments can run out of money and they need to balance their budget. Because of mass unemployment every state and local government is facing an unprecedented budget crunch. If they are not bailed out by Congress, state and local governments will have to do some pretty draconian cuts. The bloated police budgets of a lot of these places is going to be too tempting a target to pass up. With a public deeply concerned about a raging pandemic and what will happen with schools, cutting the police budget is certainly going to be more popular than cuts to education or health