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State of Michigan Departments
|Agriculture and Rural Development
The mission of the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development is, “To protect, promote and preserve the food, agricultural, environmental and economic interests of the people of Michigan.”
The attorney general is the lawyer for the State of Michigan. When public legal matters arise, he renders opinions on matters of law, and provides legal counsel for the legislature and for each officer, department, board, and commission of state government. He provides legal representation in court actions and assists in the conduct of official hearings held by state agencies.
The Department of Civil Rights, in implementing the mission of the commission, secures the full enjoyment of civil rights guaranteed by law and the constitution through the elimination of discrimination. This is accomplished through the investigation and resolution of complaints of discrimination; outreach and education programs designed to promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws; mediation; referral; crisis intervention; anti-hate crime programming; and the dissemination of information which explains citizen rights and responsibilities provided in a legal framework.
|Civil Service Commission
The Civil Service Commission has overall responsibility for regulating conditions of employment for classified civil service workers in all of the departments of the executive branch of state government.
The Department of Community Health (MDCH) strives for a healthier Michigan. The functions of MDCH include development of state health policy and management of the state’s publicly funded health service systems. More than 2 million Michigan residents will receive services this year funded in whole or in part through MDCH.
The Department of Corrections administers Michigan’s adult prison, probation, and parole systems. The department has jurisdiction over all adults convicted of felonies who are sentenced to prison. Convicted felons who are not sentenced to prison terms are either sentenced to a county jail term or are supervised in the community through a system called probation. Probation services for felons are provided by the department for the various felony courts in Michigan’s counties.
The Department of Education, under the direction of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, carries out the policies of the State Board of Education. The Department implements federal and state legislative mandates in education.
The department is dedicated to protecting human health and to preserving a healthy environment.The department will exemplify good environmental stewardship and affirm that a healthy environment is critical to our social, cultural, and economic well-being. The department will protect human health and the environment while fostering a healthy economy by effective and efficient administration of agency programs, and by providing for use of innovative strategies. This is being accomplished in a manner that is rebuilding the integrity of the department as an environmental protection agency that carries out this mission in a professional, just, and productive manner.
The Department of Human Services directs the operations of public assistance and service programs, through county family independence agencies, in every county in Michigan. It administers assistance payment programs available within the state. These programs include temporary assistance for needy families (Family Independence Program); Child Day Care; medical assistance jointly funded by the federal government and the state; state disability assistance and state medical services program, which are funded by the state and State Emergency Relief Program; and food stamps, a federally funded program.
|Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) promotes business growth and job creation in Michigan by streamlining and eliminating unnecessary or burdensome regulations.
|Military and Veterans Affairs
The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, also known as the state military establishment, has 3 primary missions: to execute the duties laid down by various statutes and the governor, administration of state-supported veterans programming, and military preparedness to assist both state and federal authorities. The Michigan Army and Air National Guard constitute the armed forces of the state and serve under the orders of the governor as commander-in-chief. The governor appoints an adjutant general to serve as commanding general of the Michigan National Guard and as director of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
|Natural Resources (DNR)
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations.
|Secretary of State
The Department of State is the oldest department of Michigan state government and is administered by the secretary of state. Elected to a 4-year term, the secretary of state is a member of the executive branch of government and has constitutional as well as statutory duties.
The purpose of the department is to provide 24-hour statewide quality police service for the safety and protection of the people and their property in the state of Michigan. Its primary responsibilities are to reduce the opportunities for crime, to reduce traffic accidents through diligent and fair enforcement of the laws of this state, and to act as a first responder to any citizen’s needs that can be addressed through the resources of the criminal justice system.
|Technology, Management and Budget
The Department of Technology, Management and Budget promotes a unified approach to information technology management and provides centralized administration of services including auditing, budgeting, employee resources, financial services, fleet management, mail, printing, property management, purchasing, records management, and retirement services for departments and agencies in the executive branch of state government.
The primary functions of the Department of Transportation are the construction, improvement, and maintenance of the state highway system -the 9,620 miles of interstate, U.S.- and M-numbered highways, and the administration of other state transportation programs. Responsibilities include the development and implementation of comprehensive transportation plans for the entire state, including aeronautics and bus and rail transit, providing professional and technical assistance, and the administration of state and federal funds allocated for these programs. The director of the department is appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate.
Treasury exists to provide quality financial, tax, and administrative services. The state treasurer acts as principal advisor to the governor on tax and fiscal policy issues. The state treasurer is the chairperson of the Michigan Debt Advisory Board, the Michigan Education Trust, the Michigan Higher Education Assistance Authority, the Michigan Higher Education Student Loan Authority, the Michigan Merit Award Board, the Michigan Municipal Bond Authority, and the Michigan School District Accountability Board.