There is no more important government expenditure than public safety and the Phoenix Police Department is short about 400 officers. Meanwhile, the Citizens Transportation Commission that I am a member of is overseeing the spending of more than 30 billion dollars between now and 2050. Why not put some of that money into hiring police officers? This is not a new idea. I was also on the prior Citizens Committee on the Future of Phoenix Transportation that recommend the sales tax increase last August (I voted no) and, as a part of those deliberations, we recommended transferring 16 million dollars to the Phoenix Police Department. We need to keep our priorities in the proper order and I think nearly all Phoenix taxpayers would approve of this move.