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The money and the muscle behind No Way on Prop A

(The Austin Bulldog)

Simple mantras like "Back the Blue" or "Defund the Police" might work well on a bumper sticker, but they don't provide a lot of guidance in a budget process. Between the extremes of zero and a blank check one has to decide at some point how much money to budget for the police and how many officers to hire.

At the polls Nov. 2, or in early voting October 18-29, Austinites will get to vote yes or no on a particular proposal: a minimum staffing ratio of two officers per 1,000 residents–a ratio that critics are calling arbitrary and excessive, but which supporters say is necessary to improve public safety in the city.

Opposition to Prop A has coalesced around the idea that the proposal is simply too expensive. Democratic clubs, unions, criminal justice groups, environmental groups, and a handful of neighborhood organizations have signed on to support the No Way on Prop A campaign, which is run by Equity PAC, a political action committee.

Read the full story at The Austin Bulldog.

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