Abbott’s statement on Austin city council’s decision to defund APD August 19, 2020 - 00:00 Posted in: Viewpoints AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott Aug. 13 issued a statement following Austin City Council’s decision to cut $150 million from the Austin Police Department’s budget: “Some cities are more focused on political agendas than public safety,” said Governor Abbott. “Austin’s decision puts the brave men and women of the Austin Police ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!