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September 24, 2007

Rybak announces budget proposal, and public safety is a major concern

By Kabiru Alowonle

R.T. Rybak recently proposed his budget and within that budget one of the most key changes that he had made was a change in the public safety budget. Rybak intends on increasing the public saftey budget from $192 million to $200 million, about a 4% increase. This money will be allocated to assist in policing, firefighting, emergency functions and safety programs. Rybak intends on extending the budget to pay for eightteen addtional police officers and 4 more emergency phone operators.

In addition to the budget increase Rybak intends to spend more money on fighting gang graffitti, truancy, curfew violations, youth violence, and bus programs that transport inner-city kids to community programs.