Lawmaker calls for dedicated support for school resource officers
State Rep. Matt Hall stood up for Michigan students and called out Democrats’ decision to remove dedicated funding for school safety personnel from the budget.
Instead of investing in students or school safety, Democrats wasted billions of taxpayer dollars on pork projects and unsustainable spending in their $24.3 billion education budget, eliminating dedicated support for school resource officers (SROs) in the process.
“While Republicans called for our state to invest resources to boost classroom learning, Democrats squeezed $2 billion for pork and new programs into the school budget — wasting money that could have provided nearly $1,400 more for each Michigan student,” Hall said. “They also eliminated dedicated funding for the school resource officers who keep our schools safe.”
Hall previously supported the bipartisan annual budget passed last year, which provided $25 million in grants to help local schools hire school resource officers, who build relationships with students as they protect Michigan schools. School districts in Kalamazoo and Allegan counties, which Hall represents, have taken advantage of SRO funding, but in their new budget, the Democrat House majority eliminated this dedicated support for safety officers.
“DTE’s $368 million electric rate increase on Michigan residents and job providers is nothing compared to what’s coming down the pipeline next. The utilities will collect a windfall under Democrats’ energy mandates that became law this week.”
“The population council’s current proposal isn’t even a real plan and has no strategy to grow our population,” Hall said. “It’s just a long wish list for new revenues — tax hikes on Michiganders.”
“Michiganders want their leaders to work together to make our state safe and successful,” Hall said. “The balance of power in the House of Representatives is a call to bipartisanship, and Michigan legislators on both sides of the aisle should answer the call and find common ground.”