Proos: 2019 Judiciary budget plan focuses on efficiency, public safety

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate Judiciary budget subcommittee, chaired by Sen. John Proos, on Tuesday approved a fiscal year 2019 budget plan to protect public safety and improve efficiency in the court system.

“I am proud that the Senate subcommittee has approved a Judiciary budget plan that focuses on effectively and efficiently protecting the public,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Under this plan, we will continue to provide our courts with the resources they need to keep our communities safe and also invest in lower-cost alternatives like community dispute resolution centers.”

Senate Bill 859 is the Judiciary budget for fiscal year 2019 and includes a 1.1 percent increase from the current year’s budget. The plan funds needed technology upgrades, increases funding for problem-solving courts and maintains funding for the Swift and Sure Sanctioning Program.

“It is important that we continuously take a look at how all Michigan taxpayer dollars are spent,” Proos said. “Boosting support for specialty courts for mental health and addiction is good for the entire state. These courts help reduce crime and benefit both society and offenders by addressing underlying issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse.”

SB 859 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.

The bill has been sent to the full Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.

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Editor’s note: Audio comments by Proos will be available at www.SenatorJohnProos.com/Audio.