Sep 8, 2009 7:05 PM by Andy Koen

MADD concerned over proposed budget cuts

Drunk driving enforcement could bear the brunt of the dwindling state budget. The Law Enforcement Assistance Fund (LEAF), which helps local police departments and sheriff's offices to pay overtime and other costs associated with DUI checkpoints, has been targeted for cuts.
Under Governor Ritter's original budget proposal, $1.3 million dollars of those funds would have been pulled to shore up the state budget. However last week, a spokesman for the governor office said he'd reversed his decision.
Advocacy groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) are skeptical. Executive Director Emily Tompkins says they are still waiting to see whether the governor will sign an executive order officially reversing his decision.
Most state offices were closed Tuesday as employees were furloughed.


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