Update from POAM’s Legislative Director, Kenneth E. Grabowski – 10/21/2019
POAM continues to advocate for the full restoration of secondary road patrol funding. Negotiations are occurring between legislature and Governor on a supplemental budget agreement. However, there is no agreement at this point and the timeline remains uncertain.
Please continue to contact your state representative, state senator, and the Governor and urge them to restore funding for law enforcement.
Michigan Budget Letter
To bring justice to the recent budget cuts, POAM drafted and sent this Michigan budget letter to Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, Senate Minority Leader Jim Anaich, Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, and House Minority Leader Christine Greig.
Read the letter below.
Fighting For Justice
Dear Governor Whitmer:
The line-item veto for secondary road patrol funding is an unnecessary hazard to public safety. Sheriff departments across the state are now removing law enforcement officers from road patrol duties and protecting the public. Some areas of Michigan will see the basic elimination of law enforcement.
The majority of state funds used for secondary road patrol deputies are restricted funds. $2 million of the approximately $13.1 million came from general fund dollars. As the leaders of our state government, I implore you, this is not a game. The elimination of this funding is having an immediate effect on Sheriff road patrols and the safety of Michigan residents.
POAM urges you to pass and sign a supplemental restoring these funds.
We will not stop fighting until we see an agreement that works for all parties involved. Stay tuned to our blog, social media channels, and the POAM Mobile App for additional information.
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