The Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety and Administration voted today to reject a $25.5 million funding reduction to local police aid recommended by the Department of Legislative Services (DLS).
Through actions taken in HB 72, the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2015, funding for police aid was being rolled back to the FY 2014 level of $67.3 million in the Governor’s proposed budget, a reduction of $3.7 million from the statutory formula. DLS further recommended that police aid be reduced to the FY 2013, an additional $25.5 million reduction.
The subcommittee rejected the DLS recommendation to further reduce police aid, supporting the FY 2014 funding level of $67.3 million.
As previously posted on Conduit Street, the House Appropriations Committee began its budget decision-making process with subcommittee decisions today. The subcommittees will report these decisions to the full Appropriations Committee and the full Appropriations Committee will hold its decision meeting this Friday, March 13 beginning at 1 pm.
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