I don't work in Michigan. Our Maryland county doesn't authorize comp time. Our senior management team often works more than "a little beyond the normal 'work day/week.'" We're professionals and have the autonomy to flex our schedules. We respect work/life balance. That said, we understand that serving as leaders in local government doesn't fit neatly within a 40-hour/week box, or within 2080 hours/year. Sorry, but this is a point where I agree with your elected officials.