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    Gov. Snyder unveils budget for next fiscal year

    Thursday, February 7 2013 3:44 PM EST2013-02-07 20:44:19 GMT
    (02/07/13) - Thursday, in our stat's capitol, Gov. Rick Snyder unveiled his budget for the next fiscal year. He's proposing more funding for education, more money to put more state troopers on the
    Thursday, in our state's capitol, Gov. Rick Snyder unveiled his budget for the next fiscal year.
LANSING (WJRT) -

(02/07/13) - Part of the Gov. Rick Snyder's budget proposal, unveiled in Lansing Thursday, also calls for making Michigan safer.

There is $15.2 million set aside for more state police. That's one recruit school to train 107 additional troopers.

"We're awfully excited about that," says Chris Luty with the Michigan State Police Troopers Association. "I think this will allow the department to beef up their efforts in Flint, Saginaw, Pontiac and Detroit as well as meet the needs of the rest of the state of Michigan."

A Trooper Recruit School is underway right now with graduation set for next month. State Police Spokeswoman Shanon Banner says there could be another class this spring with 60 recruits to account for retirements this year.

What Gov. Rick Snyder announced Thursday would be for the next fiscal year.

Snyder also proposed spending $2 million more to maintain nine existing mental health courts around Michigan. Genesee County had the first mental health court in Michigan, according to Judge Jennie Barkey, who oversees the mental health court here.

"Slowly, but surely, we've been able to get funding from the state. Because of that, we can offer these comprehensive services," Barkey says. "It takes people who are truly mentally ill out of the criminal system where they don't belong."

Steven Mays, a clinical liaison with Genesee County Community Mental Health, works closely with Barkey.

"Our goal is to try and leave people better off then they were when they came into the program," Mays says. "Sometimes it doesn't work, but for those it does work for, they go on to lead very productive lives."

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