Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette hopes lawmakers will make room in the budget for his plan to hire 1,000 new police officers. Governor Rick Snyder did not include Schuette's plan in his executive budget proposal.
Schuette says state officials need to be forward-thinking with public safety.
"We have to be decisive, we need to be solution-oriented in this new Michigan, and that means in terms of this linkage between economic growth and public safety," he says.
Schuette would also like the state Legislature to toughen sentencing guidelines for repeat violent felons.
Governor Snyder plans to deliver a special message on public safety next month.