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E-M:/ Finally, a good plan for funding state parks

IONIA -- At last, a breath of fresh air. That's what I thought of a sweeping proposal put forth and adopted by the Citizens Committee for State Parks when they met here Wednesday.

Someone is finally stepping forward with courage and conviction. The group has a smart plan for how to avert the $38 million state park funding crisis that looms in 2009 when as many as 37 state parks could be closed.

And better yet, their proposal doesn't steal money from one state program to pay for another. It wisely provides a comprehensive approach to funding state parks, local parks and state forest recreation programs.

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