Sunday, April 5, 2009

Border security plans scaled back?

Rick and Kay are both positioning themselves as tough on border security. With the recession forcing cutbacks almost everywhere, could border security also be on the chopping block? The Brownsville Herald has a pretty good read on the subject (link). Excerpt follows:

The widening economic recession could put a damper on Gov. Rick Perry's plans to spend more than $134 million to beef up security along the Texas-Mexico border, Rio Grande Valley legislators said.

Although a proposed state budget passed by the Texas Senate last week exceeds that request by nearly $3 million, lawmakers may have to scale back their number based on revenue estimates due out later this month.

"Many of us are fearful that we're going to see a negative revenue estimate," said state Rep. Rene Oliveira, D-Brownsville. "Those that have been so sure we've escaped the national recession need to wake up and smell the coffee."

The governor had previously asked the Legislature to fund more equipment purchases, overtime for state and local officers and gang prevention programs that would combat drug smuggling organizations and transnational gangs over the next two years.

A scaled back border security effort won't make Republican primary voters happy... thoughts?

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