Tea party governor Tom Corbett cut 10 percent of the state police force.
Imagine calling 911 for the Pennsylvania State Police and not seeing a trooper for hours, even days.
It’s a scenario that state lawmakers and troopers foresee if the department’s budget is cut 5 percent next year, forcing what would be the first layoffs in the state police history.
An internal department document obtained by The Patriot-News forecasts the potential for 400 to 500 trooper layoffs under a budget proposal to trim the department’s spending. That’s approximately 10 percent of the nearly 4,400 troopers currently employed by the department. The cuts would also force stations around the state to close.
You know, because austerity is more important than anything else, including public safety.