The death of George Floyd led to calls to dramatically change how public safety is funded in the City of Minneapolis. Now that debate is reaching a new milestone. The Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Jacob Frey are in a budget battle. They're at odds over a series of cuts to the Police Department budget. The cuts are part of a proposal introduced last month by members of the council which takes $7.7 million from the Police Department's budget to fund other public safety programs and initiatives.
Frey is actively considering a budget veto due to the permanent cut to officer capacity. Council members can offer amendments to the budget before voting on the plan Wednesday, December 9th. But that won't be the end of this showdown. Here is my take on how this could all play out in Tamburino Talks Law: