300 million dollars over three years — a quarter-million dollars annually for an average city — what Governor Tim Walz proposes to help fight the crime wave in Minnesota. He also wants 45 million dollars for various community-based programs, including community policing — much different from Senate Republicans who are focusing on more police and tougher sentences:
“We will put forward proposals to hold violent criminals accountable for their actions.”
…says Majority Leader Jeremy Miller. The governor responds accountability needs to be part of it, but…
“We’ve been down this round before in this country, that if it’s simply about higher incarceration rates, whatever, we end up with the highest number of people incarcerated in the entire world.”
Walz and Democrats are stressing prevention programs.
Walz also wants more support to local agencies for investigations, and incentives to attract and keep more people in law enforcement. The governor is also asking the legislature for money to equip local law enforcement agencies with body cameras, noting there are an estimated nine-thousand officers statewide who don’t have them.