Governor Whitmer’s Budget Proposal Invests Heavily in Michigan PoliceThe former prosecutor’s budget provides an additional $50 million dollars in funding for Michigan law enforcement, with an emphasis on expanding recruitment and improving retention of the state’s veteran police officers.

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently released her 2023 budget proposal and experts are noting the strong emphasis on public safety and fighting crime.

The former prosecutor is advocating for an additional $50 million to recruit new officers and retain veteran ones. The plan also funds increased enforcement of cyber crime, price gouging, and unemployment fraud.

The governor’s office says this expansion of law enforcing funding is so that, “families can feel safe on the road, in their communities, and at home.”

This announcement comes after Governor Whitmer proposed her “Hero Pay” initiative – a $3 billion bonus for the state’s law enforcement officers and first responders. She told the Detroit Free Press, “I don’t believe police should be defunded…I support rebuilding communities and rebuilding them in a way that creates real opportunity in an equitable and just manner.”