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Governor Whitmer's FY23 Budget: Reducing Crime, Fund Law Enforcement and First Responders


February 11, 2022    


Governor Whitmer's FY23 Budget: Reducing Crime, Fund Law Enforcement and First Responders   

Governor Gretchen Whitmer released her fourth executive budget recommendation that puts Michiganders first and delivers on the issues that matter most to Michigan families.   

Here's what the budget has for Michigan's safe communities. 


As a former prosecutor, public safety is a core issue for Governor Whitmer. She wants to fund local law enforcement and first responders so families can feel safe on the road, in their communities, and at home. In her budget, she's proposing more funds to help hire local cops, firefighters, EMS, and other first responders.  


  • Deliver more funds to local governments to help them hire more local police officers, firefighters, EMS, and more. 
  • Launch a campaign to recruit and retain more first responders and Michigan State Troopers. 
  • Dedicate state resources to tackling a wide range of crime including cyber crime, price gouging, and unemployment fraud. 
  • Retention bonuses to local police officers, state troopers, conservation officers, corrections officers, firefighters, EMTs. The budget plan includes a supplemental budget for the current year to provide $30 million to provide payments to state and local law enforcement and public safety personnel. When combined with $20 million in federal ARPA funding as part of the Governor's proposed MI Safe Communities framework, there would be $50 million provided for total payments. 

Support for strong and safe communities is also provided in the budget through local revenue sharing, providing funding for local communities to hire and retain law enforcement personnel and provide for other local funding needs. Revenue sharing is provided as follows:  

  • Constitutional state general revenue sharing payments, $964.6 million to cities, villages, and townships required under Article IX, Section 10 of the Michigan Constitution are adjusted to reflect higher-than-expected sales tax revenues due to Michigan's strong economic recovery  
  • Cities, villages, and townships, total statutory funding, $292.9 million, to provide a 5% ongoing increase and 5% one-time payment  
  • Includes payments of $50 million to support cities, villages, and townships that lost population in the 2020 United States Census to avoid mid-year retroactive adjustments to constitutional payments  
  • Counties, total statutory funding, $255.1 million, to provide a 5% ongoing increase and a 5% one-time payment 

The Safe Communities one pager can be found here