Thursday, September 27, 2007

What's wrong with this picture?

A key witness in a Milwaukee shooting case was shot and killed in front of his house this weekend.

Maurice Pulley had become yet another victim of retaliation for agreeing to cooperate with authorities.

The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department’s Witness Protection Unit was disbanded a few years ago due to state budget cuts. Other counties had no such units at all.

But, on the flip side, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue had to shell out nearly $1 million dollars in interest and overtime costs because of the latest in a series of state government computer snafus. (Hat tip to Kathy Carpenter for picking up on that one.)

We have a very fragile system of justice in this state that is overburdened, overworked and underfunded yet the state can waste money on snafus and unnecessary spending while the basic functions of government get the short end of the stick.

1 comment:

Bruce said...

What a brilliant point.