DPS Planning for Another Big Budget Cut
There’s a pledge that budget cuts won’t compromise public safety. The Department of Public Safety has already absorbed a five percent budget cut successfully, but what would happen if the budget is cut by another 10 percent next year. DPS Director Steve McCraw says they are figuring that up now. “I can assure this. I’ll work with my leadership team and we will not recommend anything to the legislature, office of Governor and office of Lt. Governor that we think is a security risk to the citizens.” State Representative Rene Olivera is concerned that a 10 percent cut will mean fewer troopers and less equipment to maintain the Department’s border security operations. McCraw says at this point he isn’t sure how the department would absorb such a deep cut.