LANSING (WWJ/AP) – Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a supplemental budget bill that includes money to train more state troopers and fight crime.
The measure includes $6.8 million to start a new Michigan State Police trooper recruit school in June. The state plans to start with 132 candidates and aims to graduate 110 new troopers in October.
Snyder last month announced a plan to use troopers to help fight violent crime in the state’s toughest cities and take steps to help more inner-city young adults find jobs. Snyder said state police will assist in law enforcement efforts in Detroit, Flint, Pontiac and Saginaw – all of which are among the top 10 U.S. cities of more than 50,000 with the worst crime rates.
Also included in the bill signed Thursday is $3 million to help the city of Flint deal with a jail bed shortage by obtaining jail space from other counties.
To help in high crime areas of the state, the measure sets aside $1.5 million to provide additional police assistance and $900,000 for additional prosecutorial services.
The state’s rainy day fund got a $107 million deposit, but Snyder vetoed $10 million to cover some hospitals’ uncompensated care.