Funding Not Going To Teacher’s Union. O Cries Foul

A $665 million police radio?

Buried deep inside the proposed state budget is a public safety communication network that would cost an eye-popping $665 million, or about $200 for every man, woman and child in the state.

The “Oregon Wireless Interoperability Network” is envisioned as a sophisticated network of towers and equipment to enable all public safety responders — state, federal, city, county and tribal — to communicate by radio anywhere in the state.

The O is usually very supportive of spending proposals. But his one does nothing to put any money into the packets of the teacher’s unions.

Worse, it proposes spending it on a Public Safety concern, one that has ties to the “War on Terror”. Never a good candidate for expenditure of the taxpayers money.

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