State legislators are proposing an alternative program to CeaseFire which addresses CeaseFire's greatest weakness - its funding model. Though an intensely local program, CeaseFire is funded by "member initiatives" out of State coffers. The new proposal, Operation Safe Streets, pushes the funding down closer to where it belongs.
Lawmakers say politics is behind anti-violence program
Poe, Mitchell want state police to run new effort Two Republican lawmakers want to replace CeaseFire violence prevention activities downstate with a similar program they say would be less political. Grants for the new Operation Safe Streets [HB4138] would be awarded by the state police instead of through specific budget appropriations from lawmakers or the governor’s office.