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Michigan Environmental Report

February 2011 Online

Vol. 2 Issue 2

Analyzing Gov. Snyder’s budget: Significant general fund cuts to natural resources protections

Significant cuts in general fund revenue to agencies that protect Michigan’s natural resources were outlined by Gov. Rick Snyder in the budget plan he unveiled Feb. 17. The proposal – now being vigorously debated across the state – also seeks fee increases on businesses to fund certain enforcement programs and cuts tax incentives for redevelopment of contaminated lands – commonly referred to as brownfields.
View Article2011-02-23  •  February 2011 Online - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: legislation

Michigan’s innovative new state park funding is providing a glimmer of good fiscal news amid a backdrop of budget woes

Since the Recreation Passport program was introduced in October 2010, almost 20 percent of Michigan drivers have opted to pay the $10 annual park pass fee during their motor vehicle registration renewal. The pass gives unlimited access to all of Michigan’s 98 parks and 1,000 boat launches. It replaced the previous system, which required the purchase of $6 daily park passes or $24 annual passes affixed to windshields.
View Article2011-02-22  •  February 2011 Online - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: environmental history

Toxic chemicals in kids’ toys would be disclosed under legislation being crafted at the State Capitol

Michigan parents would have new tools to help keep their kids safe from toxic chemicals in toys under legislation expected soon in the State Senate. The bill would require large toy manufacturers and importers to disclose their use of hazardous chemicals in children's products.
View Article2011-02-21  •  February 2011 Online - Michigan Environmental Report
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