The Chief, who I don’t think would mind being called left-of-center, reminds us of something all conservative should know.
[L]et’s make something perfectly clear: any program introduced by a legislator — no matter how well-meaning, how virtuous, how essential to the public good — costs money.
The Chief is pointing at Sen. Mary Lazich’s Silver Alert legislation, which she plans to submit and, frankly, rightly calls it hypocritical. Now perhaps the senator is looking at cutting spending elsewhere to make room for this expense, but with Wisconsin already looking at having a $5 billion deficit, it’s hard to see where this would come from.
But maybe she’s looking elsewhere. In another post Sen. Lazich wrote,
Congress is considering giving grants to states to start their own Silver Alert programs. Another bill to be introduced in Congress this month would make Silver Alert a federally-run program in every state. [Emphasis mine]
Even if a federal program, it will be paid with my taxes. Is a state tax increase bad and a federal increase good?
But as a Stateline.org article notes
Silver Alert has few opponents, although proposals in some states have been rejected because of budget concerns and worries that law enforcers already are overburdened. Some state policymakers also have cautioned that too many alerts could make the public less likely to respond. [Emphasis mine]
Popular, but concerns.
So how much will it cost? I guess we’ll have to wait for the state bureau to look at it.