Assembly Democrats Prioritize Sustainable, Long Term Investment in Community Safety and Law Enforcement
MADISON – Today, Assembly Republicans rejected a Democratic amendment (Smart Criminal Justice package), which was offered to provide significant, sustainable investments in combating crime and advancing community safety. The Republican authored law enforcement bills do not draw upon state GPR funds and instead rely solely on one-time, Federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.
Over the last ten years, Legislative Republicans have continually reduced local government funding, squeezing law enforcement, health departments, first responders, libraries, and other essential services. Restoring the relationship between state and local governments by increasing shared revenue remains a Democratic priority as the Governor’s budget reflected and Democrat’s Smart Criminal Justice bill package would allow. Appleton based Representative Snodgrass commented, “The way to reduce crime is not through short-term federal funds — it is to reverse the GOP’s decade-long policy of starving our local governments of funding. Democrats have proposed increases in local government funding at every opportunity, but the GOP has done nothing to solve this systemic issue.”