SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Republicans and Democrats each say the other side would be to blame if there's no agreement on a federal budget plan, and the government has to shut down this weekend. While the politicians fight it out in Washington, D.C., Springfield Mayor Jim O'Neal says he's worried that budget cuts could wind up impacting the police department and public safety.
Here's the text of the conversation on Wednesday morning during an interview with KY3's Paul Adler:
Mayor Jim O'Neal, "we do have concerns in the sense that we were awarded a three year grant in which we hired about 15 police officers and we take the money for the 3 years those officers are funded. At the end of the 3 years, usually through retirement and attrition, we're able to take them on at no extra expense. We're concerned that the last two years of that funding could be in jeopardy if the budget is cut. We've expressed that concern to our legislators.