“Cities can’t cut law enforcement & then turn around and increase taxes on the residents they just endangered.”
It’s amazing that some American cities are still toying with the idea of defunding their police. It’s even crazier that some cities are actually doing it.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has a suggestion about this. How about frozen property taxes?
Marty Johnson reports at The Hill:
Texas governor proposes freezing property tax revenue of cities that defund police
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Tuesday that he’s all for capping property tax revenue from Texas cities that decide to cut funding from their police departments.
Abbott made the comments at a press conference in Fort Worth. His remarks come after the Austin City Council on Thursday voted to slash the Austin Police Department’s budget by a third.
“Part of our job as state leaders is to ensure the safety and security of all Texans, and we will not allow this core function to be undermined by cities that seek to defund and dismantle law enforcement agencies that have a sworn duty to protect our communities,” Abbott said.
He added: “Defunding the police puts Texans in danger and invites lawlessness into our cities, and cities that endanger their residents should not be able to turn around and raise more taxes from those same Texans.”
Under my plan any city that defunds police will have their property tax revenue capped at current levels.
Cities can’t cut law enforcement & then turn around and increase taxes on the residents they just endangered.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 18, 2020
People seem to like this idea.
— NBC DFW (@NBCDFW) August 18, 2020
— Robin Thompson (@robnartist) August 18, 2020
Love it, great move @GovAbbott
— Carson (@_Cars0n_) August 18, 2020
Governor Abbott is an awesome leader and keep up the great work!!!
— tcubull92 (@tcubull92) August 18, 2020
Greg Abbott gets it.
Defunding law enforcement is not the answer. pic.twitter.com/nwxtUTmpF8
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 14, 2020
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