Legislator advocates for improved police compensation, local police funding
State Rep. Andrew Fink (R-Adams Township) today delivered a speech on the House floor urging his colleagues to support a state police budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, continuing his unwavering commitment to supporting law enforcement.
As the state faces continued police shortages, Fink spoke specifically in support of portions of the budget that fund law enforcement recruitment and retention efforts.
The legislator was raised in a police family. His father worked as a law enforcement officer for 22 years – which he said gave him a glimpse into the struggles that many officers face in providing for their families.
“Growing up, I took for granted the sacrifices my dad made for our family and the serious risks he faced each day,” Fink said. “Police officers don’t expect to get rich from their careers, but they should be able to support a family. We cannot attract quality candidates to our police departments if we do not compensate them fairly for their service.”
The state police budget was approved and sent to the Senate for consideration.
Fink also voted against a measure that would enable local governments to defund their police. House Bill 5248 would allow townships, incorporated villages and qualified cities to levy special millages for police and fire services instead of properly funding the departments through the municipality’s general fund.
“Public safety should be among the top funding priorities from a local government’s general fund,” Fink said. “This plan is a get out of jail free card for communities that don’t invest enough in law enforcement. I can’t support a plan that rewards municipal governments that won’t dedicate the necessary funding to support their officers and keep local families safe.”
Despite Fink’s opposition, the bill was approved by the House.
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“This budget plan will lead to lasting consequences in future years when we won’t have surplus dollars in the billions,” Fink said. “What’s worse is that this irresponsible plan doesn’t even include appropriations to fulfill the basic needs of communities like ours. Given the governor’s supposed commitment to roads, I was hopeful her friends in the legislature would prioritize local road and bridge improvements, but that’s not the case.”
“Sen. Lindsey is a Yale graduate and decorated soldier who chose to return to Michigan rather than pursuing a career anywhere else in the world, as he certainly could have,” Fink said. “Further, as a representative for the people of several of Michigan’s border communities, he knows better than anyone the toll that bad policies take on our population as our young people leave for neighboring states.”
“This setup would guarantee that our presidential elections will be decided by the most populated areas in the nation – like New York City and L.A.,” Fink said. “The Electoral College has ensured that every state has a stake in deciding our elections for 230 years. Presidential candidates should care about the interests of every one of America’s diverse populations, from rural farm communities to metropolitan areas of all sizes.”