State Rep. Tommy Brann today voted to approve a state budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year that makes critical public safety investments for the people of Kent County.
The budget proposal funds crucial services while ensuring the state emerges in strong shape from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the executive orders that were issued in response.
Brann highlighted a continued commitment to public safety – including nearly $5 million in new funding to ensure local and secondary road patrols are fully funded. An additional $4.9 million will be set aside for a Michigan State Police (MSP) trooper recruit school and $4.5 million will be used for professional development within MSP.
“As chairman of the House committee overseeing the Michigan State Police budget, I have consistently prioritized this funding to keep our communities safe,” said Brann, of Wyoming. “This was a major issue I have heard about from people across my district and in Kent County as a whole. This commitment will ensure our police have the resources they need to do their jobs and protect the public.”
The budget plan, which has been given final legislative approval, will advance to the governor for consideration.
Rep. Brann, the owner of Brann’s Steakhouse, says that the $300 weekly federal unemployment pandemic benefit is keeping his small business, and small businesses like it, from fully reopening. The House voted to end the benefit this coming Tuesday, June 22.
Rep. Tommy Brann of Wyoming this week voted in support of a plan that in some cases would refund fines charged to business owners working to comply with state-imposed COVID-19 emergency rules.