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Michigan Senators Eye Rainy Day Fund for Dredging

Posted at: 02/12/2013 10:12 AM
Updated at: 02/12/2013 10:21 AM
By: DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Republicans who control the Michigan Senate want to use $30 million from the state's rainy day fund to dredge Great Lakes harbors grappling with record-low water levels.

The proposal announced Tuesday is included in a larger plan to develop a long-term solution for harbors.

The rainy day account has more than $500 million. Senators say it's worth tapping the fund to provide an initial boost to get harbors deep enough for recreational and commercial vessels.

For harbor maintenance in future years, lawmakers are considering ideas such as diverting money from a trust fund used to buy land for public recreation.

Gov. Rick Snyder is asking legislators to authorize a special $22 million appropriation for dredging. He may be hesitant to draw from the rainy day fund he's worked to build up.

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