Program: Drug control policy

Appropriation:

Federal Funds:

$1,587,400

GF/GP:

$386,000

Total:

$1,973,400

Program Description:

This appropriation funds the Drug Control Policy program. The office seeks to reduce the use of illegal drugs through a combination of social services, education and law enforcement.

Recommended Action:

This program has laudatory objectives, but it takes money from local communities, passes it through federal and state bureaucracies, and returns the remainder of it, strings attached, to programs which often duplicate existing school-based or community-based programs. One lesson of the last 30 years of anti-drug policy is that illicit drug use is most effectively reduced through efforts financed by local community organizations and individuals. This program should be eliminated. Savings: $1,973,400. Governor Granholm’s 2005 proposal increases the gross appropriation to $2,040,800.