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E-M:/ 7-Apr WMI seeks $68 million state bond for landfill expansion

Waste Management is requesting that the Michigan Strategic Fund issue a tax-exempt Industrial Development Revenue Bond (IDRB) in the amount of $68 million to fund landfill expansion and operations for numerous locations around the state including facilities that take large quantities of out-of-state trash. Waste Management would have to pay back the bonds but the state facilitates the financing by lowering the cost since the bonds are tax-exempt. Landfill expansion only produces short-term construction jobs and not long lasting stable jobs.

Savings reduce costs to 75-85% of the prime rate. Michigan's IDRB program specifically states that there is NO LIMIT on the amount for IDRB requests for solid waste disposal facilities. Waste Management has already received at least three of these bonds over the last 15 years totaling more than $100 million.

This policy needs to be changed. The waste disposal portion of the IDRB program should be changed to support recycling so that these bonds are available for
a) Material Recovery Facilities for operations that prepare materials as feed stock for industry.
b) Attract new businesses or assist existing businesses to retool as necessary to boost recycled material content in their products.
These changes make for REAL economic development for job creation that boosts Michigan based businesses and cycles this material base within Michigan's economy. It also helps to stabilize and improve the market for recyclables from Michigan municipalities.

What are IDRBs?

Wednesday, April 6, 2005
Waste firm asks state for money
Tax-exempt bonds would pave way to improve, expand Michigan landfills.
By Joel Kurth / The Detroit News

April 7, 2005
10:00 a.m.
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Lake Superior Room
300 N. Washington Square
Lansing, MI
517. 335.4541

Call to Order

I. Adoption of Minutes from the February 17, 2005, Meeting

II. Confidentiality Report

Public Comment

III. Operations

1. Presentation by Linda Bloch – Addition of Maddin Hauser Wartell Roth & Heller PC to Approved Bond Counsel List

IV. Policy Discussion

1. IDRB Priorities

V. IDRB Inducements

1. Waste Management, Inc. and/or its Affiliates – (Texas) - $68,000,000 – New – Various Locations

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