Bloomberg announced today that New York City will be deploying new cops to crime-ridden areas of Brooklyn in an attempt to decrease the city’s crime rate. That’s a really spiffy idea, and I support it, but, personally, I think that maybe stemming the mass exodus of qualified police officers—perhaps by increasing their salaries so they’re at least competitive with nearby cities and towns that have a lower cost-of-living—might be a better idea. In order to finance a pay raise, I propose a $100 fine for anyone on 34th St. walking slower than 2 M.P.H., and a $500 fine for gaggles of teenagers walking more than two abreast on narrow sidewalks. These two changes alone should bring in more than enough not only to increase officer pay, but to ensure the T line actually gets completed if federal funding evaporates again.
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