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Starbase Grant

$500,000[137]

All from Federal Funds

Program Description:

The Starbase Program--founded in FY 1991 by the 127th Fighter Wing Division--is aimed at attracting and preparing students for science, mathematics, engineering and technology-related fields of study, with special attention given to "at-risk" youth. The program, conducted at Selfridge Air Force Base, gives students hands-on experience with high-tech equipment.

Recommended Action:

There is no reason for the Department to fund such a program, as preparing students for science, mathematics, engineering, and technology-related fields of study is the responsibility of schools, parents, and students themselves.  Moreover, there are already a number of private organizations that conduct similar events.  For example, the General Motors Institute in Flint organizes various hands-on programs involving advanced technology for high school students in the Genesee County area.

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Veterans Service

$3,012,700[138]

All from GF/GP

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Program Description:

This program awards grants to various veterans groups within the state to aid them in their operations.  For fiscal year 1995-96, the following grants have been appropriated:

American Legion

$676,200

Disabled American Veterans

$614,000

Marine Corps Veterans

$282,000

American Veterans of World War II and Korea

$389,600

Veterans of Foreign Wars

$742,700

Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America

$138,900

Purple Heart

$132,300

Veterans of World War I

$100

Polish Legion of American Veterans

$34,700

Jewish Veterans of America

$34,700

Vietnam Veterans of Michigan

$46,400

Catholic War Veterans

$11,100

Recommended Action:

These organizations have shown the ability to successfully raise funds for their operations via membership dues, the management of their own restaurants and bars, and other fundraising activities.  They do not need grants from the state for their continued existence.  This program should be eliminated.