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Occupant Protection Grants

$1,000,000[194]

All from GF/GP

Program Description:

Previously listed as a separate line item, this program is now included in the line item "Highway Traffic Safety."  The Occupant Protection Grants are aimed at getting 70% of the public to use their seat belts, as well as a corresponding number of motorcycle operators to wear a helmet.

Recommended Action:

There is no need to continue this program.  The state already has laws in place that mandate motor vehicle operators to use seat belts and helmets when appropriate.  It does not need to spend $1 million each year to encourage compliance, a task that can be handled by private associations and businesses if they deem it a priority.

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Fire Marshal Programs

$5,934,900[195]

All from GF/GP

Program Description:

This line item represents the operating budget of the office of the State Fire Marshal.  That office is responsible for the inspection of various governmental buildings; it also assists local fire departments in responding to hazards and fires.

Recommended Action:

Various state policy institutes have recommended the abolition of this position from their states' budget, as they have determined them to be duplicative of the functions provided by local fire departments.[196]  Such is also the case with Michigan--this office should be eliminated.  It should be noted that the following programs will not be affected by eliminating this program: "Fire Investigation Training to Locals"; "Fire Alarm and Suppression System"; "Federal Fire Safety Inspections"; "Hazardous Materials Inspection"; "Fire Fighters Training Council"; and "Fire Safety Board."