Michigan Association of Police Organizations (MAPO) recently sent a letter urging Governor Gretchen Whitmer and mapothe state legislature to come up with a budget deal generating over $2 billion to fix Michigan roads.

The letter discourages reductions in General Fund revenue to fix roads, which reduces funding to public safety and first responders. A proposed change in the sales tax on fuel could cause an additional $200 million loss to General Fund revenue, according to MAPO.

Click here to view MAPO’s Road Budget Recommendation.

By Jennifer Gomori, MAFF Editor

While some people are concerned about what they post, text and otherwise share online, just as many view this as their First Amendment right to freedom of speech. No matter your view on the subject, legal advisors for MAFF are urging members to think twice before posting or texting anything sexual, racial or even political.

“You have a First Amendment right to say whatever you want to, but you don’t have a constitutional right to your job,” said MAFF Legal Counsel Catherine Farrell.

Public Employees should understand specific restrictions detailed in their contracts. “Look to the CBA to make sure you don’t violate it,” said Farmington Hills Attorney Arthur J. Weiss, who joined Farrell in a Social Media discussion with Union members during the Annual Open House in December.

Weiss recounted a case in which a Detective was accused of hitting on a witness and complainant. “There was nothing in the CBA for sexting, however it was clear the department could discipline him if they thought it was warranted,” Weiss said.

In an effort to support the dedicated men and women in public service careers, Cleary University is offering the clearylogoCourage and Public Service Tuition Program, an exclusive pricing opportunity for all undergraduate and graduate programs. Taking into account the sacrifices and courage it takes to be a public service employee, Cleary’s tuition program provides online and flexible evening classes and allows up to 90 transfer credits. Attend classes at one of Cleary’s three convenient locations: Howell, Detroit, or Ann Arbor. Click here for more about programs and degrees.

Fire Science.org has put together a comprehensive guidebook for women in public service careers. In this guide, readers can access in-depth insights and research about careers in homeland security, forestry, public administration, cyber security, emergency management, criminal justice and paramedics.

This guide highlights careers for women in public service, throughout history and today.

A 2011 report by the Department of Labor found that women are 50 percent more likely than men to work in public sector jobs, with 18.2 percent of all female Americans serving in this arena. Click here to learn more about public service jobs for women and information about potential salaries and education requirements for specific positions.

FireScience.org began in 2012 to provide quality data and information for students pursuing a career in fire science. The website provide tools and resources to help students and professionals make well-informed decisions about their education and career training.

While Michigan Association of Fire Fighters (MAFF) offers many services which improve their members’ employment situation, they also offer special member perks, providing valuable services at discount prices.

MAFF is able to offer members group rates on many services they utilize including:

  • Discounted automotive and homeowners insurance.
  • Free pre-retirement professional financial planning through Raider Dennis Agency.
  • Discounted life and disability insurance and other products.
  • Save up to 17% off select Apple products and third-party products through the Apple Government Member Purchase Program. Free standard shipping on orders of more than $50, free laser engraving on any iPod, exclusive promotions and online custom product configuration are also available.

For more details, click on the Member Rewards box on the Home Page or click here for other services.