Plans For Gym Causing Stir In Lansing

By: John Tramontana Email
By: John Tramontana Email

"I think it's outrageous."

That's the reaction of Michigan Democrtic Party Chair Mark Brewer when he heard of the Attorney General's plan to build a gym at his Lansing headquarters.

"It's a question of priorities," Brewer said. "He's laying off people in his department who are supposed to prosecute criminals and enforce the law. Instead of that happening, we're paying for his personal gym."

Attorney General Mike Cox recently laid off 21 employees in an effort to trim his budget. Democrats claim Cox is now using part of that state money to build the gym, but Cox's spokesman says that's not true.

"All of this is going to be paid for with privatized funds," said spokesman Rusty Hills.

The work out facility would cost about $50,000 with construction taking place on the 1st floor of the Attorney General's office. The gym would be primarily used for 37 investigators who are constantly out on the street in an effort to apprehend criminals.

Hills says the gym will assist in that goal.

"They're arresting internet criminals, cold case homicides, dead-beat parents. In tough situations, we want to make sure our investogators are in better shape than the criminals they're chasing."

Hills tells us part of the funding comes from $29,000 left over from this year's inauguration and the rest from private donations.

"We don't think twice about paying for law books in libraries for lawyers to defend the state. Why would we think twice about weights and workout facilities for our investigators who are also protecting michigan's citizens," Hills asked.

Still, opponents say the investigators should use Lansing gyms and pay for the memberships out of their own pockets.

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  • by Norman Location: Lansing on Apr 12, 2007 at 04:46 AM
    Lets try somthing novel, why don't people do their jobs when they are on our payroll. Go to the Y on their own time, only with government jobs can you play all day and still get paid.
  • by M.Ann Location: Lansing on Apr 11, 2007 at 11:44 AM
    How about if Mike Cox buys a couple of jump ropes and uses his office as a gym since nothing else seems to be getting done there.
  • by gary Location: jackson on Apr 10, 2007 at 04:32 PM
    they could jog around the block during their lunch hour !
  • by Lou Location: St. Johns on Apr 10, 2007 at 03:44 PM
    Strange response. Apparently among those laid off were investigators the very people the gym is to benefit. Also, in time of lean budgets, a gym is an extravagance and cannot be justified by the flimsy claim espoused by Cox's flak.
  • by Jerry Location: Howell on Apr 10, 2007 at 03:18 PM
    Ask Mark Brewer how many officers you can hire for $50,000. This shouldn't even be an issue when private funds are being used.
  • by ian Location: east lansing on Apr 10, 2007 at 03:08 PM
    this is a stupid unimportant story, stop wasting news time with worthless things like this
  • by Tom Location: Haslett on Apr 10, 2007 at 03:02 PM
    You have got to be kidding me...these people get paid good salaries and we should NOT have to pay for their gyms! We have a's this "me first" Republican way of thinking that got us into this problem with the economy in the first place.
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