State Rep. Andrew Fink (R-Adams Township) has supported a plan that would provide permanent and stable funding for a program that ensures rural Michigan communities have police protection.
The state’s secondary road patrol program provides funding for sheriff’s deputies to patrol roads outside of cities and villages. The program is funded by an assessment included in the fines paid on motor vehicle civil infractions, but this funding has declined in recent years, along with the number of deputies on the road providing services to motorists.
“Stabilizing this program means more officers on patrol in rural neighborhoods throughout Branch and Hillsdale counties so that a first responder is always nearby when an emergency occurs,” Fink said. “No matter where they live, all taxpayers deserve to feel safe. This plan delivers public safety to residents who live outside of towns and guarantees the patrol program is sustainable.”
Fink said House Bills 5569, 5732 and 5772-3 will stabilize the program’s funding by dedicating $15 million of the liquor taxes collected by the state each year to the program. The bills do not increase the tax on consumers in any way.
The plan was approved by the House and moves to the Senate for further consideration.
Rep. Fink talks about his new HB 6276, that would outlaw sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants in Michigan by prohibiting all local units of government from preventing law enforcement from cooperating with federal officials concerning illegal immigrants. The legislation is pending in the House Local Government Committee.
State Rep. Andrew Fink (R-Adams Township) issued the following statement after the president asked Congress to suspend the federal gas tax, urging Gov. Whitmer to give drivers additional savings at the pump by approving a state gas tax break as proposed by Republican legislators: