The Pre-college Programs
in Engineering and the Sciences are conducted for 7th to 12th grade students in
the Detroit public school system. The programs are designed to "prepare and
motivate" minority students to pursue degrees in engineering or the sciences.
It is true that a
regrettably low number of minority students from the Detroit public school
system attend college, and that an even smaller number attend college to pursue
an engineering or science degree. This program, however, allocates state
resources based on race and is inherently discriminatory. The state should end
all programs that allocate benefits on the basis of race and ethnicity and adopt
instead a color-blind policy of non-discrimination.
The Board of Boiler Rules
runs the Boiler Inspection program. It is comprised of 11 members and performs
the following duties: prescribes uniform rules for boilers; provides for the
licensing of boiler inspectors, installers, and repairers; sets fees for
licenses, permits, inspections, and certificates; provides penalties for the
violation of codes, rules, and standards.
The Elevator Safety Board
runs the Elevator Inspection program. It is comprised of 10 members and performs
the following duties: promulgates rules regarding the use of elevators; prepares
examinations of elevators; issues elevator contractor licenses.
The Boiler and Elevator
Inspection programs should be eliminated. According to a Department official,
forty-five percent of Michigan's 68,000 registered boilers are already inspected
privately by insurance companies. The state currently inspects uninsured
boilers, while insurance companies inspect insured boilers. This policy should
change, with boiler owners assuming full responsibility for insuring and
inspecting their boilers without state intervention.
The state currently
inspects all elevators except for those in the City of Detroit. With respect tot
elevator inspections, the Department of Management and Budget has written: "The
state is unable to keep up with elevator inspections. The owners of buildings
and their insurers have a compelling financial interest in making certain
elevators are in safe working order. The state should discontinue this function
and allow the private sector to develop elevator inspections as an industry. [T]he
same argument made for elevator inspections is appropriate for boiler