President's proposed budget cuts Great Lakes restoration funding


MICHIGAN (WPBN/WGTU) -- President Donald Trump announced his 2018-2019 budget and it includes a 90 percent cut to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The new budget would cut funding from $300 million to $30 million.

Last year the Trump Administration proposed ending the federal support of the program but Congress fully funded the program for 2018.

The program has strong bipartisan support in Michigan and other Great Lakes states.

A Great Lakes non-profit group in Traverse called "For Love of Water" says the Great Lakes is a resource not only for Michigan but for the globe.

Liz Kirkwood, executive director of FLOW said, "The fact that the federal government is not paying attention to a globally unique resource, to ensure the high water quality and quantity here in the great lakes where we have 20 percent of the earth's fresh surface water, I think it's very upsetting for people in the region"

Representative Jack Bergman said, "Congress has the final say on funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Essential Air Service, and other important government services and I will continue to fight for these important issues that directly affect the constituents of the first congressional district."

While some are disappointed about the proposed cut, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the budget does include $28 million for maintenance of the Soo Locks.

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