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MI - Gov. Whitmer seeks $64M in 2021 for 3 new environmental initiatives

Images of green ooze flowing onto a Metro Detroit highway and homes sliding down the eroding shores of Lake Michigan speak to Michigan’s environmental pressures.

So does a $69.5 million settlement negotiated with a corporate polluter to bring clean water to 1,000 homes north of Grand Rapids.

Each of those examples form the foundations for $64 million in environmental initiatives that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to fund in 2021.

Whitmer will announce that funding plan at 10:30 a.m. Thursday as she unveils a $61.9 billion executive budget proposal for the next fiscal year.

The $11 billion general fund portion of that budget will include, according to the state:

  • $40 million for local climate resilient infrastructure grants for local units of government to help plan for and prevent the negative impacts of Michigan’s changing climate conditions like high water levels.
  • $4 million for legal efforts within the Attorney General to protect residents from chemical contamination of drinking water and commercial pollution.
  • $20 million for rapid environmental contamination response to provide additional resources for the abatement of contaminated properties across the state.

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