STATEMENT: 'Throw the bums out!' Austin Council makes $150M cut to local police

Despite recent polls that indicate a majority of Austinites support maintaining full funding for law enforcement, multiple sources are reporting the Austin City Council approved $150 million in cuts to the Austin Police Department. 

"Today’s unanimous council decision to cut $150 million from the police budget is unconscionable and will directly make our city less safe, said Matt Mackowiak, Travis GOP Chairman. "As one of the fastest growing cities in America, we should be hiring more police, not cutting their budget by a third. Austin has already witnessed the fastest rate of growth in homicides in the country in recent months.

"Today’s action is the manifestation of a dream held by Greg Casar, the Workers Defense Project, the Democratic Socialists of America, and their radical fellow travelers. It is time for every good and decent Austinite to rise up and throw these bums out. Public safety is the first priority of every elected official and today’s disgraceful vote shows that the Mayor and the Council want a city that is less safe. And that is what we will get."

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