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Ryberg Opposes Convict Emancipation Budget

April 30, 2009

April 29, 2009

Senator Greg Ryberg (R – Aiken) today voted against the Senate budget which decimates public safety in South Carolina. Senator Ryberg said that, “The budget passed today by the South Carolina Senate is a victory for criminals and convicts. The cuts to SLED, the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Probation, Pardon and Parole give criminals full license to ply their trade without fear of capture or prosecution.”

Senator Ryberg added that, “The cuts to the police force and solicitors do make sense, however, in light of the equally disabling cuts to the Department of Corrections. Corrections will be forced to operate with a deficit of more than $30 million which will result in the furlough of guards and, perhaps, the closure of prisons. Cops need not worry about catching the bad guys if there is no place to put them.”

Senator Ryberg also decried the inadequate funding of the Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act. “The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation tells us that they need $2 million to prepare for the full enforcement of the Illegal Immigration Act beginning in July, 2010. The budget passed by the Senate provides far less than that. The Senate budget lays out the welcome mat for illegal aliens.”

Senator Ryberg further noted that “Senator Tom Davis and myself presented an alternative budget to the Senate that fully funded all public safety agencies including those that enforce our illegal immigration laws. The Senate rejected that approach. Criminals across South Carolina are cheering tonight.”

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