A cut to public safety in California has been an issue which has been within this state for a period of time. Particularly, the issue is on the budget cut on the finances that has been allocated on the public safety. It is very unfortunate that the cuts have some adverse impacts on the safety services which are aimed for the public needs. There have been an intense debate on this issue and this has therefore attracted a great deal of people.
Some key players in the issue
Some of the people are for the idea of having the cuts while some are against the budget cuts since it’s a drawback to the economy of both the city and the nation at large. For instance, during the recent times the then Governor of California Arnold Shaznegger was supporting the idea arguing that the finances saved on this could be used in developing some other sectors. For instance, the finances could be used in improving the welfare of the teachers and also in enhancing the social services department for example the spousal abuse (Cummings & Reddy 150).
United States government is another major player in determining whether it would be right to have such a cut and evaluate on the consequences this may have on the entire California population. In addition to that, the California Democrats has also a major take in developing such ideas. The later may have a better opinion since they represent the whole population. This issue is therefore very controversial because those in higher positions have conflicting ideas all of which may influence budgeting on the public safety or cutting the budgets.
Governmental and non-governmental agencies
Some of the governmental agencies which are greatly hindering the budgeting of the public safety are the environmental and resource agencies. It an agency which has been for a long time been looked down upon and it is now on the rise as conservation and management of the resources is required. The federal agency is also another governmental agency which the California government needs to have a special attention at and has therefore hindered the process of budgeting for the public safety.
Redevelopment agency is a non-governmental agency which has intensely hindered the process since the agency is concerned with the economic development. On the contrary the California security and intelligence agencies are on the front line in supporting the budgeting of the public safety as this would enhance security measures within the region (Cummings & Reddy 200). The fire department is another governmental agency which has extremely been hindered by the financial deficiency in California.
The finance which ought to be used in fire department is now being used for other developmental projects, for instance in housing development projects. The police department is another agency which is adversely being affected by the budget cuts in California. The government is trying all the ways possible in enhancing that the community is receiving the best security services thus relieving the police department a lot of tasks. This means that police department is rarely budgeted for in their economy. The new governor is trying very hard to ensure that the public service department is being budgeted for in the economy.
How broad is the issue?
The California budget deficit on the public safety would mostly affect the communities around California. This means that the cut is a local issue and thus a need to solve before it becomes a national disaster. This is because the deficit will affect numerous California local people who merely depend on the public services and education for survival purposes.
Who should control the issue?
In U.S, the president has powers to either propose on the increase or decrease in overall budget of a state. This therefore means that the issue should be controlled by the federal since it is the one responsible for the funding. The federal funding is responsible for quite a number of optional programmes which is of great help to families and children in California.
Is this issue within the proper role of government as you see it, or should the government have its hands in this issue? The issue is therefore under the role of the government since it is the one which prepares the budget.
Policies, laws to deal with the issue
Health issue laws and Disability Laws are some of the major laws which prohibit the budget cut on the public service. The two issues fall under the public services and therefore once there is a cut on the budget, the services will also be administered to the public. The laws mostly administer on equality. For instance healthcare should be administered to all regardless of the race, tribe, status or the nationality (Lawrence 100).
Cummings Stephen, Reddy, Patrick. California after Arnold, Chicago: Algora Publishing, 2009.
Lawrence, David. California: The Politics of Diversity, 6th ed.New York: engage Learning, 2009.