Appropriations Summary

Actual[1]

Recommended

Savings

Interdepartmental Grants/Transfers

$0

$0

$0

Federal Funds

$934,000

$934,000

$0

General Fund/General Purpose

$13,433,700

$13,433,700

$0

Special Revenue Funds

$0

$0

$0

Gross Appropriation

$14,367,700

$14,367,700

$0

The Michigan Constitution establishes the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, and the Department of Civil Rights was established to carry out the Commission’s responsibilities.  According to its official web site, “The Michigan Civil Rights Commission was created by the Michigan Constitution of 1963 to carry out the guarantees against discrimination articulated in Article I, Section 2. As further stated in Article V, Section 29, the state constitution directs the Commission to investigate alleged discrimination against any person because of religion, race, color or national origin and to ‘secure the equal protection of such civil rights without such discrimination.’ Public Acts 453 and 220 of 1976 and subsequent amendments have added sex, age, marital status, height, weight, arrest record, and physical and mental disabilities . . .”[2]

Although the department has embarked on activities outside its narrow charter, this report does not include a detailed analysis of these operations, and therefore no program changes are recommended at this time.



[1] Act No. 528, Public Acts of 2002, p. 3.

[2] Michigan Department of Civil Rights official web site, “The Michigan Civil Rights Commission and Michigan Department of Civil Rights,”accessible on the Internet at http://www.michigan.gov/mdcr/0,1607,7-138-4951-9283--,00.html .