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Transportation dollars to police?

December 22, 2016

There is no more important government expenditure than public safety and the Phoenix Police Department is short about 400 officers. Meanwhile, the Citizens Transportation Commission that I am a member of is overseeing the spending of more than 30 billion dollars between now and 2050. Why not put some of that money into hiring police officers? This is not a new idea. I was also on the prior Citizens Committee on the Future of Phoenix Transportation that recommend the sales tax increase last August (I voted no) and, as a part of those deliberations, we recommended transferring 16 million dollars to the Phoenix Police Department. We need to keep our priorities in the proper order and I think nearly all Phoenix taxpayers would approve of this move.

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