Legislator advocates for improved police compensation, local police funding
State Rep. Andrew Fink (R-Adams Township) today delivered a speech on the House floor urging his colleagues to support a state police budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, continuing his unwavering commitment to supporting law enforcement.
As the state faces continued police shortages, Fink spoke specifically in support of portions of the budget that fund law enforcement recruitment and retention efforts.
The legislator was raised in a police family. His father worked as a law enforcement officer for 22 years – which he said gave him a glimpse into the struggles that many officers face in providing for their families.
“Growing up, I took for granted the sacrifices my dad made for our family and the serious risks he faced each day,” Fink said. “Police officers don’t expect to get rich from their careers, but they should be able to support a family. We cannot attract quality candidates to our police departments if we do not compensate them fairly for their service.”
The state police budget was approved and sent to the Senate for consideration.
Fink also voted against a measure that would enable local governments to defund their police. House Bill 5248 would allow townships, incorporated villages and qualified cities to levy special millages for police and fire services instead of properly funding the departments through the municipality’s general fund.
“Public safety should be among the top funding priorities from a local government’s general fund,” Fink said. “This plan is a get out of jail free card for communities that don’t invest enough in law enforcement. I can’t support a plan that rewards municipal governments that won’t dedicate the necessary funding to support their officers and keep local families safe.”
Despite Fink’s opposition, the bill was approved by the House.
“I learned so many important lessons from my time in the Marine Corps that I carry with me to this day,” said Fink, a Marine Corps veteran. “Today and every day, we should honor the veterans who helped maintain the free and safe country we enjoy every day.”
“Rushing headlong into solar and wind energy dependence will be costly – and Michigan residents are the ones who will foot the bill,” Fink said. “Further, it will make our grid even less reliable across Michigan. The power outages we have experienced in our rural areas in recent years will only get worse. Essentially, you’ll be paying more but getting less.”
“Transparency and accountability to the people are crucial parts of our system of government,” said Fink. “We must have systems in place to hold legislators accountable when conflicts of interest arise.”
“I’m pleased to see Democrats have come to their senses and pulled this bill off the committee docket. There’s no need for additional Court of Appeals judges in Michigan. The number of case filings has not increased, and our current judges are more than capable of handling existing cases. This was a clear attempt to pack our courts with Democrat influence and manipulate judgeships to the detriment of our justice system.”