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Re: E-M:/ state house passes "devastating" DEQ budget



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Enviro-Mich message from Andrew Mutch <andrewimutch@yahoo.com>
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What's the likelihood of the budget cuts being
approved by the Senate?  

Andrew Mutch
Novi


--- Dave Dempsey <davemec@voyager.net> wrote:
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> Enviro-Mich message from "Dave Dempsey"
> <davemec@voyager.net>
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> >From tonight's AP story. There should be more in
> Thursday's papers:
> 
> The state House on Wednesday approved a Department
> of Environmental 
> Quality budget bill the department's director has
> said will hurt its 
> operations. 
> 
> The House voted 60-48 mainly along party lines on
> the measure, which 
> would spend $333 million on the DEQ when the new
> fiscal year begins 
> Oct. 1. 
> 
> Two Republicans, Reps. Ruth Johnson of Holly and
> Charles LaSata of St. 
> Joseph, voted with the Democrats in opposing the
> bill. 
> 
> The DEQ currently receives $66.6 million in general
> fund dollars, but 
> that would drop to $53 million in Granholm's
> proposal and $51 million 
> under the House version. 
> 
> The budget also doesn't include revenue from a
> number of new and 
> increased fees proposed in Granholm's spending plan.
> 
> 
> Granholm spokeswoman Liz Boyd called the House
> action "devastating." 
> 
> "It puts a number of environmental programs in
> jeopardy, from air 
> quality programs to water quality programs," Boyd
> said. "We're hopeful 
> that in the end, the DEQ budget will reflect the
> governor's 
> recommendations." 
> 
>
http://www.freep.com/news/statewire/sw77022_20030514.htm
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