Governor Rick Snyder also includes $21.5 million to address immediate dredging needs.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has presented a budget to the state legislature that includes funds to dredge the Great Lakes, which have fallen to low levels due to the drought.
In a statement accompanying the release of the budget Snyder said, "It's clear that Michigan is on the comeback. We are creating more jobs, our unemployment rate has improved, personal income for families is increasing, and our population is growing again. The measures we have taken to fix our tax system and get our budget in long-term balance are paying dividends. I am pleased to recommend a budget that keeps the momentum moving in the right direction."
The budget plan was outlined by Snyder during a joint session of the House and Senate appropriations committees. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and State Budget Director John Nixon also took part in the presentation.
Recognizing the significances of the Great Lakes to boost the state’s economy, Gov. Snyder’s fiscal budget calls for a total of $9.4 million for harbor dredging to help address low water levels and ensure harbors remain passable for boaters. Additionally, to address the immediate need for dredging, a 2013 supplemental totaling $21.5 million will also be sent to the Michigan Legislature.
The budget also allocated a total of $6.9 million for other waterways boating projects and $9.5 million for repair and maintenance at state parks.
The Snyder administration will now work in partnership with the members of the Michigan House and Senate to enact the budget. The state's new fiscal year begins Oct. 1.