Progressive Dane strikes again!
If enough city employees don’t voluntarily take unpaid furloughs, the money will be forcibly taken out of the police department’s new-recruit academy. That’s an amendment being proposed by four Progressive Dane alders. It will be considered tonight 11-10-20 by the Madison Common Council. Meeting starts at 5:30 p.m.
The Finance committee has already recommended reducing the police academy budget by $250,000 to $1.85 million. That translates to training 6 fewer recruits than the standard 39. The last-minute amendment is sponsored by alders Rummel, Evers, Foster, and Kemble. That and other amendments are detailed here.
Ald. Paul Skidmore passes along this comment from Chief Vic Wahl:
“Not to state the obvious, but the impact of the furlough amendment on MPD would be crushing…we already are losing $250,000 from the pre-service academy, and I will have to find $1 million in additional savings (through furloughs for commissioned personnel or shrinking the academy size). Adding additional cuts (up to $1.2 million) will result in drastic problems in early 2022.
The alders’ action comes in response to the police officers labor union refusing to give back any of its contract gains negotiated under former mayor Paul Soglin. Chief Wahl noted, “When the current MPPOA contract came before council it was approved on the consent agenda, including 11 current council members.”
If Mayor Satya (Progressive Dane) doesn’t get $1 million in contract reductions from the rank and file, she will “eliminate positions as they become vacant through the first quarter in 2021.”
Want to save money, Madison city hall? Defund the entire police civilian oversight apparatus. Its only power is to harass police. It cannot hire, fire, promote, or penalize. It will not fulfill its stated aim of buying credibility for the police from the professional protestors at Freedom Inc. They want nothing short of abolishing the police altogether. Savings: $450,000.
⇒ TAKE ACTION! Demand more police at tonight’s (11-10-20) Common Council budget meeting. Here’s how to make your voice heard.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Maybe, perhaps if Mayor Satya (Progressive Dane) and the bulk of alders hadn’t been so antagonist to the police, hadn’t vilified them, had not listened to the crazies who accuse police of “burglarizing our communities and killing Black and Brown bodies” — maybe the police officers might, maybe could’ve been more accommodating.