Law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics and other public safety officials are faced daily with the worst situations imaginable — situations that no human being should ever have to see. Most people are lucky. They might encounter something horrific once in their life, if at all. But these public safety professionals are being called to tragic scenes multiple times a day. Such experiences can leave lasting effects if not treated properly.
"It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped." — Hubert Humphrey
Last week, we started to see the priorities of the Senate GOP majority, based on their budget proposals. I was presented with the recommendations for the Judiciary and Public Safety budget, which had a target of $59 million. While this seems like a significant amount of funding, we project all current spending — that is spending for all programs currently in place with no additions — to cost $2.172 billion this biennium. In addition, we expect inflationary increases to come in higher than the $59 million allocated for this budget.