Anybody that knows me knows that I am a huge advocate for limited government and controlling the spending of the government.
I think that in many cases, most cases unfortunately, the government tends to spend way more than it needs to and it fails to provide its core functions because it is too involved in other areas of spending. Bottom line, government, and our state government is no exception, spends too much money on non-essential functions.
Raising the salaries for state troopers, however, I can support. Public safety IS a core function of the government and I believe that these men (and woman) that put their lives on the line for our safety everyday deserve to be rewarded for their diligence.
Why the state legislature and those that decided next year's budget are giving law enforcement and public safety the short end of the stick, I do not understand.
I believe that if our state legislature does not allow for salary increases for these brave men (and women) in favor of increasing spending in other areas, they are being poor stewards of the taxpayer's money.
McCarville Report - Troopers State Case for Salary Increase
News 9 - Lack of Salary Increase in New Budget Deal Outrages OHP Troopers
Tulsa World - Some 100 OHP Troopers Ask Legislators To Reconsider a Pay Raise