Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump again proposes near-total cut to Great Lakes cleanup funding

Trump again proposes near-total cut to Great Lakes cleanup funding

"Protecting our Great Lakes is not a partisan issue, and I will work closely with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and fight to restore this critical funding", Bishop said.

President Trump pushed again Monday to slash funding for the Great Lakes - repeating a move he made unsuccessfully a year ago.

For third time since his inauguration Donald Trump has put the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in his budgetary crosshairs. It places the financial burden on local communities, which have taken on the lion's share of funding these expensive projects over the last 40 years and have consequently seen water bills skyrocket for individuals and families.

The Trump Administration also released its national infrastructure platform, which foists much of the financial costs onto local and state government, while also rolling back landmark environmental protections. "The Great Lakes help to generate billions of dollars in economic activity and support 1.5 million good-paying jobs in the tourism, boating and fishing industries", Kildee said.

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"Cutting Great Lakes investments by 90 percent-essentially eliminating the program-threatens the health of our lakes and jeopardizes Michigan's economy", Kildee said. The cut proposed in the Trump administration's budget is part of an overall $3 billion budget reduction to the Environmental Protection Agency.

He tells Great Lakes Now, "A national infrastructure plan that runs roughshod over environmental protections and ignores climate change can not be taken seriously-and threatens to throw good money after bad while failing to address urgent water needs for the region and exacerbating pollution".

The Trump administration made a similar attempt to strike down the waterway restoration efforts in its first budget a year ago, but Congress intervened. Members of Congress opted to fully fund the program for 2018. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative works to prevent invasive species, stop runoff, and cleanup pollution. "I will fight these draconian cuts in every way that I can".

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