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Tim Skubick: Lawmakers agree on trooper increase

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Given the deep-seeded animosity that some out state Republicans have for urban areas in the state, it is shocking that the governor got his way to deploy new state troopers into Detroit, Pontiac, Saginaw and Flint.

Let's be honest here. Those are not exactly Republican strongholds and traditionally GOP lawmakers have protested any influx of state dollars, but on this one the governor wins.

His targeted aid for the four worse crime spots in the state and nation for that matter, had the full blessing of key suburban and out state lawmakers.

On any other issue, accept crime, you would have seen some push back. Money for the Detroit cultural arts? Forget it.

Money for the needy? Let them find a job.

So why the acquiescence on crime? One theory goes, when those lawmakers and their constituents head to Detroit for a ball game, they want to feel safe and have a dissent shot of getting out of town without being harmed. Adding more state troopers to those cities certainly increases the chances of that.

Ironically it was a former governor who started all this. After a series of ruthless crimes in Detroit, ex-Gov. Bill Milliken was the first to send in the state cops and the road patrols have been there ever since the 1970s and lawmakers have not tried to end it.

And with the advent of two soon to be announced trooper schools another 180 "Smokies" will be on their way to those four cities.

To underscore the solidarity on this one, the head of the Michigan Sheriffs Association was asked to check in. In the past the MSA has had its turf disputes with the state cops.One anticipated a lukewarm response to this reshuffling of scare resources into crime infested areas.

"That's an appropriate use of those resources," reflects MSA executive director Terry Jungel without even a hint of jealousy. "As my daddy use to say, "You gotta put the suave where the sores are."

Let the suaving begin.

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