Fire Protection Under-Funded in Colleges

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Governor Jennifer Granholm has proposed $16 million to reimburse local units of governments to cover part of the fire protection costs for state facilities in their backyard. That would include the MSU campus fire department in East Lansing.

The only problem is that the governor wants to use a liquor tax increase to pay for it, and the Michigan House has rejected the plan.

Rep. Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) believes some MSU students are at risk, especially those living in dorms that do no have internal sprinkler systems.

Fire protection dollars for Jackson are also part of the package for the state prison in that town.

Other fund approaches are being explored while the governor remains confident that the liquor tax will eventually be approved.