Many small towns have a resident state trooper instead of an independent police force. Gov. Rell now wants to have small towns shoulder their cost entirely as part of her budget cutting plans, and small towns are not happy.
It’s hard to blame them. The state’s share of the cost of the troopers has dwindled to 30% from 50% when the program began six decades ago, but that’s still a good chunk of money. The towns, of course, would have to raise taxes to pay for them.
The alternative seems to be having a patrol come by from the nearest barracks, wherever that might be. Not a great option, really.