Mayor Pro-Tem wants city funding for anti-crime program, Holden calls it a 'political move'
POSTED: Monday, April 9, 2012 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 9, 2012 - 5:42pm
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — Mayor Pro Tem Mike Walker wants to crack down on crime in the Capitol City, but he needs the money to do it.
Walker says the city needs to pay for an anti-crime program and a misdemeanor jail; to do that, he wants to take $200,000 out of the Metro Council's Discretionary Fund.
It was money normally used to pay Patton Boggs, a lobbying firm that has represented the city with the federal government for years.
Mayor Kip Holden wants to keep it that way, calling Walker's push to stop crime a "political move."
A spokesperson for the mayor says Holden was already working with law enforcement officials to bring Operation: Cease Fire to life.
That debate goes before the Metro Council this Wednesday.