State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Niles, this week co-sponsored a plan restoring important funding to keep deputies patrolling Michigan roads – money previously stripped out of the state budget through a line-item veto by the governor.
When signing budget bills for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, Gov. Whitmer cut $13 million from the secondary road patrol program – completely defunding the initiative and jeopardizing public safety. The program’s funding is used by county sheriffs to hire additional personnel to patrol secondary roads throughout the state.
“After the governor’s veto, I reached out to sheriffs Bailey and Behnke to learn just how detrimental a funding cut to the secondary road patrol program would be for the safety of our communities,” Paquette said. “Our sheriff departments are already stretched thin. A cut to their funding will greatly hinder the departments’ ability to keep residents safe. I support restoring funding to this vital program and hope our governor will remember the importance of fully funding public safety.”