It might seem like the whole “defund the police” movement has gone the way of the dodo. But don’t fool yourself. Joe Biden might pretend like Democrats never support radical reductions in police budgets, but local Democrats across the country did. The anti-police rhetoric they spread throughout 2020 and into today poisoned even pro-police communities. Cops felt disenfranchised. And we will reap the fallout of this movement for years to come.
Some cities quietly tried to refund police departments as public sentiment soured on the whole thing. But in some places, cops are still treated like dirt—and their budgets are far less than what they need to keep communities safe. Even in tried-and-true conservative Texas, blue regions have tried to plunder police departments. The governor passed a law that would punish cities that did so. And it has just gone into effect.
Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Monday that new rules to stop the state’s cities from defunding police have now gone into effect, emphasizing that “we support our law enforcement officers.”
“Under House Bill 1900, if the Governor’s PSO (Public Safety Office) determines a city has defunded its police department, the city will be subject to tax rate limitations, lose access to certain tax revenues, and be subject to other budgetary requirements and limitations,” the governor’s office said in a statement…
The issue arose when the city of Austin experienced backlash from Texas law enforcement after moving to cut funds from its police department in 2020. [Source: Daily Wire]
Gov. Abbott announced his anti-defund police law has gone into effect. A city that defunded its PD can look forward to tax rate limitations, a loss of tax revenue from the state, and other constraints on the flow of cash from the state government. This might not seem like much to some cities, but smaller communities would suffer big time if they dared cut police budgets.
It seems, at one point or another, larger Texas cities tried to slash their police budgets. It seems the only major city that slashed its PD budget was Austin. Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio all increased or kept their budgets intact over the years. Despite the rising crime, it remains unclear if Austin has bothered to increase its police budget.
How will this law impact the city? Can Austin afford to lose state funding? Pretty ironic that the state capital, overrun by liberal lawmakers, might lose its state tax revenue. Such revenue is vital to maintain its already poorly-maintain roads and highways (just visit Austin and see for yourself). Are the liberals in the city council so stubborn they’ll let the city suffer?
Well, these are the same people who slashed the budget of the one group keeping the city safe, so yes. Like many Democrats, these days, they appear determined to ruin American lives for no discernable reason.
Let’s hope this law will learn them a thing or two.
Author: Bo Dogan