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Budget highlights

Department of Environmental Quality
  • Overall 15% reduction in general fund support for the department. That reduces the general fund portion of the budget by about $3.8 million, leaving $21.5 million in general fund support.
  • The budget does not suggest that any program be returned to the federal government to administer.
  • The budget continues to divert a portion of the money collected through 7/8ths of one cent per gallon gas tax for the cleanup of leaking underground storage tanks. Of the $50 million collected, about $20 million will go toward tank cleanups, the remaining $30 million will go toward paying other administrative expenses of the department and debt service on environmental bonds.
  • The budget includes proposed fee increases in two areas: Clean Air Act fees for air pollution permits as required by federal law, and a small increase on solid waste disposal fees to pay for current programs within the waste program.
  • The budget plan will reduce the amount of brownfield redevelopment tax credits available by half or more.
Department of Natural Resources
  • ¬†Overall 15% reduction in general fund support for the department. That reduces the general fund portion of the budget by about $1.9 million, leaving $13.7 million in general fund support.
  • The department continues to focus on improving parks and park funding. Currently about 21% of Michigan residents are participating in the Recreation Passport program which charges $10 on vehicle registrations for annual state park passes.
Department of Agriculture
  • Overall 10% reduction in general fund support for the department. That reduces the general fund portion of the budget by about $2.7 million, leaving $27.1 million in general fund support.
  • A number of savings occur by having various industries undertake safety and inspections functions currently performed by the department.
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