Public Safety, Education Get Boost In Snyder Budget Plan

LANSING (WWJ/AP) – Law enforcement agencies and Michigan schools would get a financial boost through Gov. Rick Snyder’s new budget proposal.

The Republican governor detailed a spending proposal Thursday mostly geared toward the budget year that begins Oct. 1. The Legislature will work on the budget plan over the next several months.

Public safety is a major issue in Michigan because the state has lost more than 3,000 law enforcement officers in the past decade. Snyder also noted in his recent State of the State address that Detroit, Flint, Pontiac and Saginaw rank among the nation’s top 10 in violent crime.

Much of Snyder’s broad proposal aims to help high-crime communities. His plan allots about $50 million more to public safety. That money will help raise the Michigan State Police budget by 16 percent and will boost MSP presence.

Snyder said, however, the answer is not just about the law enforcement.

“The best way to prevent crime is to have people have a job. So, there’s a significant element to this relating to jobs and kids,” he said. “There’s $15 million for programs to be designed to address the structurally  unemployed in high-risk areas. There’s $5 million for at-risk youths.”

 Snyder is proposing more money for education.

It would mean a 3 percent increase in funding to state universities and community colleges and a 1 percent increase for K-12.

But there are strings attached.

“We’re gonna set this up on a performance-based system of how many degrees or certificates they give for critical skill areas,” Snyder said. “For universities we have four metrics: degree completions, degree completions in critical skill areas, number of students that are Pell grant students and then tuition restraint.”

Meantime for K-12 schools to tap into the cash, they’ll need students to achieve certain test scores. They’ll also have to offer things like schools of choice, online learning and dual enrollment for college courses.

Democrats welcome additional investment, but some question whether the governor’s plan is aggressive enough.

View Snyder’s complete budget plan (.pdf format)

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  • Dereck Cram

    Drugs are the big crime fuel, not unemployment. A person unemployed isn’t going to start thinking, “Hey, I’ve gotta start robbing people,” unless they’re starving and all other options are off the table. Hope and determination are what will get people through a crisis. We’re not to the point yet where there isn’t hope. I mean, how stupid. Where does he come up with this kind of thinking? This has already been done and it has failed. Extra law enforcement is crucial where it’s needed, but putting more pressure on schools for better test scores to earn incentives will only add to the corruption already in place. The problems with education are the same problems we have in society. We want to spend what we don’t have. This guy will change nothing unless he opens up his thinking and takes a good look around.

  • Kelly

    I feel all the controversy over the Super Bowl ad regarding our American jobs being displaced to China is accurate to a point. The only problem I see with this ad is that it implies the Democrats are responsible for this and the Republicans have fought against this move. Every politician that is in office has a place due to the campaign or placement by the large corporate owners. Make no mistake American’s view that ad as correctly stated – the only way we are going to get back on our feet – Middle America – is to take the Congress and Presidency back. Our government for decades has been working for big business not the people.

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