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.
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.
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.
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.
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."