Sens. Nofs, Schmidt react to the passage of the State Police and Military Affairs budget

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LANSING, Mich. — Sens. Mike Nofs and Wayne Schmidt reacted on Thursday to the passage of the State Police and Military Affairs budget for fiscal year 2018.

“This budget represents a commitment to public safety for all of Michigan,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “Ensuring that the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Wing of the Civil Air Patrol have the resources they need was a top priority when crafting the budget. I want to thank my colleagues for their support of this vital investment in public safety.”

The Michigan Wing of the Civil Air Patrol is an all-volunteer organization made up of eight groups, 35 squadrons, four flights and more than 1,300 members. The volunteers perform three missions chartered by Congress: aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency service.

The Michigan Wing is part of the Great Lakes Region, which includes five other states. The funding boost in the fiscal year 2018 budget will ensure that the Michigan Wing has adequate resources for training in its support of state emergency and disaster response operations.

“The Michigan Wing of the Civil Air Patrol and the Michigan State Police consist of dedicated public servants committed to the residents of the state of Michigan,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “This budget means that these critical aspects of the state’s public safety efforts will have the funding they need to operate effectively.”

The budget now heads to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.