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Ananich Statement on Governor Snyder's Visit to Flint for Public Safety Message

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 5, 2012

CONTACT:
Tom Lenard, Rep. Jim Ananich, 517-373-5719
 

Ananich Statement on Governor Snyder's Visit to Flint for Public Safety Message

 

"I think it makes sense for the Governor to choose Flint to reveal much-anticipated details about his public safety proposal. I hope he will take the time to travel around the city and see how an inadequate investment in public safety can destroy a community and make it nearly impossible to work, hire workers, and raise a family.

 

We do need a comprehensive approach to tackling crime, but I'm concerned that Governor Snyder is not willing to consider the advice of Michigan's Chief Law Enforcement Officer about the need for at least 1,000 more police officers on our streets. I've been reaching out to Republicans and Democrats, the administration and attorney general's office, to make sure we give our public safety officers the resources they need to be effective. Hopefully on Wednesday we'll hear from the Governor how much political capitol he is willing to expend to actually build safer communities where children can learn and businesses can create jobs."

 

Ananich has proposed a plan which would provide $140 million, as Attorney General Bill Schuette has requested, to add police officers to the areas with the highest crime rates (details below). The Governor is reportedly recommending approximately $50 million for his entire public safety initiative. Last year, Ananich sponsored the measure which helped free up jail space and increase Michigan State Police patrols in Genesee County.

 

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Bill No. HB 5364 (H-1) Draft 1

Rep. Ananich moved to amend the bill as follows:

1. Amend page 12, following line 14, by inserting

"Sec. 104. DEPARTMENT OF STATE POLICE

(1) APPROPRIATION SUMMARY

GROSS APPROPRIATION……………………………………………………………………………………………………………$140,000,000

Interdepartmental grant revenues:

Total interdepartmental grants and intradepartmental transfers………………………0

ADJUSTED GROSS APPROPRIATION……………………………………………………………………………………$140,000,000

Federal revenues:

Total federal revenues…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………0

Special revenue funds:

Total private revenues…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………0

Total other state restricted revenues…………………………………………………………………………………………0

State general fund/general purpose……………………………………………………………………$140,000,000

(2) FIELD SERVICES BUREAU

Grants to local law enforcement agencies……………………………………………………$140,000,000

GROSS APPROPRIATION……………………………………………………………………………………………………………$140,000,000

Appropriated from:

State general fund/general purpose……………………………………………………………………$140,000,000"

and adjusting subtotals, totals, and section 201 accordingly.

2. Amend page 14, following line 4, by inserting

"DEPARTMENT OF STATE POLICE

Sec. 401. (1) Funds appropriated in part 1 to the department of state police for grants to local law enforcement agencies shall be used by local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to assist local communities in paying the costs of employing full and part-time officers who are dedicated to keeping communities safe. Funding is to be used for hiring additional police officers, purchasing necessary technology and equipment, and hiring civilian staff to support local law enforcement operations.

(2) Of the $140,000,000.00 million appropriated, $70,000,000.00 shall be awarded by the department to local law enforcement agencies in fiscal year 2011-12 and $70,000,000.00 shall be awarded in fiscal year 2012-13.

(3) Of the $70,000,000.00 million awarded in fiscal year 2011-12, $35,000,000.00 shall be awarded to law enforcement agencies within communities under financial review or with financial managers in place. The $35,000,000.00 shall be divided according to crime rates and population. The remaining $35,000,000.00 shall be dedicated to statewide public safety staff at the discretion of the department of state police.

(4) These funds are designated as work project appropriations and shall not lapse at the end of the fiscal year, and shall continue to be available for expenditure for the purposes described in this section.".

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