Rep Allor Budget plan again boosts resources to escalate fight against PFAS

first_img Michigan Legislature approves fundingRep. Sue Allor today said more resources are on the way to help northern Michigan fight PFAS and other environmental contamination.The Michigan Legislature approved $69 million for an environmental cleanup fund which also will help boost local recycling programs, plus a separate $20 million specifically to boost ongoing efforts to detect and cleanup PFAS contamination. This is in addition to $60 million previously approved by the Legislature for testing, monitoring and emergency response to PFAS.“Michigan is continually committing more resources to find and fight this emerging contaminant affecting our drinking water and wildlife,” said Allor, of Wolverine. “It’s a top mission of mine, and this new commitment will further improve our efforts to protect public health.”During her first two years in the House, Allor consistently has fought to help those affected by PFAS including in communities surrounding the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda and the Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena. She has worked to ensure Michigan uses state funds as effectively and efficiently as possible in the fight against PFAS, and has urged the federal government to step up its commitment to address the contaminant.Some other highlights of the budget plan approved today:·       Michigan’s economic comeback, which is creating more and better jobs in the state, also is bringing more money than previously expected into state government. The new budget measure also shows efforts to make state government more efficient are working, as some state departments did not spend as much as previously planned.·       The investment in Michigan roads continues with $114 million added to the state’s already record-high investment scheduled for the current budget year.·       Another $25 million will be added to the school safety grant program, which will help more schools make needed security improvements. This investment supports a comprehensive approach including the creation of a statewide school safety commission and a previously approved expansion of the OK2SAY confidential school safety reporting program.·       The state will be able to hire 175 additional child protective services workers to help ensure children receive the attention and help they need to be in a safe environment.·       Another $100 million will be deposited in the state’s main savings account, called the budget stabilization or “rainy day” fund. This pushes the overall balance well above $1 billion.The plan also will help boost local services for military veterans, help upgrade the Soo Locks and make many other important improvements.###The legislation: Senate Bills 601 and 149. Categories: Allor News,News 21Dec Rep. Allor: Budget plan again boosts resources to escalate fight against PFASlast_img

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