GOP PLAN INCLUDES LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS FOR PRISONS, PROSECUTORS, LAW ENFORCEMENT
Senate Republicans unveiled their plan today to undo the “years of neglect” by the Democrat-controlled Senate of prisons, prosecutors, and law enforcement agencies.
The Senate GOP’s broad-based plan includes some short-term funding fixes – such as $7.1 million in supplemental funding to hire more correctional officers and to fully fund state prosecutors.
But the plan also includes tens of millions of dollars in additional long-term proposals for prisons, prosecutors, law enforcement, and homeland security such as:
“Senate Republicans have consistently supported public safety – and we have proposed a comprehensive, long-term plan that corrects the years of neglect by Senate Democrats of public safety in Oklahoma. The claim by Senate Democrats to be the heroes coming to the rescue during a prison funding crisis is much like an arsonist taking credit for extinguishing the fire he started.,” stated Senate Republican Leader Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City.
“The Senate Republican plan puts public safety funding where it belongs – among the state’s top budget priorities along with education and transportation. Senate Democrats, on the other hand, have treated funding for prisons, prosecutors, and law enforcement agencies as the second-class citizens of the state budget – short-changing public safety so they can spend more money on liberal social programs,” stated Sen. Owen Laughlin, R-Woodward, a former prosecutor.
“Hard working Oklahomans expect and deserve to be protected when they go to sleep at night, and keeping the public safe is more than just keeping dangerous criminals behind bars – it's also about catching them and prosecuting them. Senate Democrats have been neglecting law enforcement and District Attorneys for too long – and that’s why the Senate Republican’s comprehensive plan for public safety is so important,” stated Sen. Jonathan Nichols, R-Norman, a former prosecutor.
“I was very disappointed to have participated in every meeting of the Public Safety and Judiciary Subcommittee this summer – where we reviewed the prison funding situation – only to see Senate Democrats ignore the opportunity to develop a bipartisan plan and instead hold a partisan press conference to publicize their proposal. This showed they are more interested in politics than good public policy,” said Sen. Jim Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, a senior member of the Senate’s Public Safety and Judiciary Appropriations Subcommittee.
“It will take a significant investment to make up for the Senate Democrats’ years of neglect of public safety funding – which all together totals less than 11 percent of the current state budget. But keeping Oklahoma families safe from the bad guys is worth the investment, and should be one of the most important priorities of our state government. Senate Republicans are working to make it that way,” Coffee said.
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Senate Republicans are consistent, long-time supporters of public safety programs and funding. We have proposed a comprehensive, long-term plan that corrects the years of neglect by Senate Democrats of prisons, prosecutors, and law enforcement agencies.
FY-06 Supplemental Funding
Long-term Proposals for Prisons/Department of Corrections
Long-term Proposals for Prosecutors
Long-term Proposals for Law Enforcement
Long-term Proposals for Homeland Security