LANSING (WW/AP) – Gov. Rick Snyder is calling for additional state funding to put more Michigan State Police troopers on the streets.
The Republican governor laid out his public safety plan Thursday — part of a 2014 budget proposal that all calls for a bump for education and expansion of the Medicaid program.
It includes putting $15.2 million toward training an additional 107 troopers in the Michigan State Police Training Academy.
His plan also calls investing $18 million to train up to 790 corrections officers, $9.5 million to demolish vacant and abandoned buildings, in and $3 million to continue a summer youth employment initiative for at-risk youth in Pontiac, Flint, Saginaw and Detroit.
Snyder also is proposing adding $2 million to the state’s mental health courts. Michigan currently has nine mental health courts and Snyder’s proposal would allow for the creation of additional courts.
Public safety was also a major focus of Snyder’s budget proposal last year. In 2012, Snyder called for a 16 percent funding boost for the Michigan State Police from the state’s general fund.
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