Proos: 2016 Judiciary budget plan focuses on efficiency, public safety

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LANSING—The Michigan Senate subcommittee for the Judiciary budget, chaired by Sen. John Proos, has approved a 2016 budget plan to protect public safety and address long-term costs.

“I am proud that the Judiciary budget was the first one approved by the Senate subcommittee this year. Most importantly, it ensures that we effectively and efficiently protect the public,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Under this plan, we will continue to use smart programming that will help decrease our prison populations by focusing on those most at risk – before they end up in our state prisons.”

The Judiciary budget for Fiscal Year 2016 is Senate Bill 126, which includes a 1.3 percent reduction from the current year’s budget. The plan keeps funding for the Swift and Sure Sanctioning Program and maintains the Drug Treatment Courts.

“It is important that we continuously take a look at how all Michigan taxpayer dollars are spent,” Proos said. “Specialty courts help reduce crime by addressing underlying problems, such as drug and alcohol abuse in our communities.”

SB 126 provides operational funding for the Michigan Supreme Court and related judicial agencies, as well as funds for the salaries of the Supreme Court justices, Court of Appeals judges and judges of the circuit, probate and district courts.

Proos also chairs the Senate subcommittee for the Department of Corrections budget. That budget plan, SB 119, has also been approved by the subcommittee. It is $14.5 million below the governor’s recommendation and includes a 3.9 percent reduction from the current budget.

SBs 126 and 119 have been sent to the full Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.

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Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Proos will be available on the senator’s website at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Audio” under the Media Center tab.