Department of Civil Rights
The Michigan Department of Civil Rights works to prevent discrimination through educational initiatives that promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws. The department also investigates and resolves discrimination complaints. The Civil Rights Commission, appointed by the governor, is charged by the Michigan state constitution with investigating alleged discrimination against Michigan residents and securing the equal protection of civil rights. The Department of Civil Rights also provides support for the Women’s Commission, the Hispanic/ Latino Commission of Michigan, the Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission, the Commission on Middle-Eastern American Affairs, and the staff for the American with Disabilities Act. The governor’s proposed budget for fiscal years 2017 and 2018 recommends total ongoing funding of $16.4 million, of which $13.1 million is general fund. In fiscal year 2017, the governor also recommends one-time funding of $350,000 general fund.
Highlights of Governor’s Budget Recommendation
• The governor’s recommendation provides one-time funding of $250,000 general fund to expand a key initiative, Advocates and Leaders for Police and Community Trust (ALPACT). ALPACT brings state, federal and local law enforcement leaders together with community and religious leaders to address trust issues between police and communities they serve. The 8 existing ALPACT organizations have expanded their membership and activities, while 3 additional cities will launch similar organizations in 2017.
- The Executive Recommendation also includes one-time funding of $100,000 general fund for the Commission on Middle-Eastern American Affairs created under Executive Order 2015–6. The Commission will be responsible for reviewing the state’s policies concerning the Middle Eastern American community.