Hard to believe, but Gov. Walker and GOP budget-writers chose not to include a mere $445,000 in a $68 billion state budget to fund an electronic gunshot tracing system for the City of Milwaukee.
Sticking it to the city couldn't get more grotesque.
The details, as reported by the Journal Sentinel:
ShotSpotter: The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee rejected an attempt to restore $445,400 from a community policing grant for the Police Department's ShotSpotter program. Walker had not included the money in his budget.
The technology, in use in high-crime areas in the city, uses sensors to detect gunshots.
"This is a very effective law enforcement tool," Barrett said. "They still took the money out."And please do not call this "pork." It would have funded, at a modest level, a crime-fighting tool to help get guns and criminals off the streets. Pretty much Public Safety 101.
If you want to talk about pork, look at the $5 million budget amendment - - that's twelve times the amount of the ShotSpotter grant - - somehow miraculously approved for the hometown of a Joint Finance Committee co-chairman to assist a business development center.
I'm sure every district has some kind of similar operation.