By Jack Moran
July 14, 2005
Oregon State Police patrols would fall to a level not seen since the 1960s, under a pair of budget proposals endorsed by state legislators.
Separate OSP budgets approved this month by the Senate and House would eliminate 20 patrol-division positions. If the proposals are combined and included as part of the overall budget for the 2005-07 biennium, the number of patrol slots statewide would fall to 309 — the fewest in nearly 40 years, according to OSP."It’s a possibility, but we remain hopeful this can be resolved before the budget is finalized," said OSP Capt. Gerry Gregg, head of the agency’s patrol division.
"We really don’t want to lose any more trooper positions," he said.
Layoffs likely would be avoided by reassigning patrol troopers to serve as Fish and Wildlife officers or OSP detectives, officials said. what??? again this shows where their priorities lie
State Sen. Avel Gordly, chairwoman of the Senate’s special budget subcommittee on public safety, issued a news release last month stating she would support a 2 cents-per-gallon gas tax or auto-insurance surtax to help fund OSP. No formal proposal has been made.
fix everything was another tax or fee? I don't think so.
Throwing money at a problem is not the answer to fixing the problem. Those in government who feel that the public is a bottomless pit for money, are demonstrating their poor management skills.
How would the governor and the legislature feel if the troopers that personally protect them were laid off?
Oh I forgot, protecting wildlife is more important.