President Trump's budget looks to cut funding to the Great Lakes

Well, it's time to stand up again.

As with last year's proposal, Trump seeks to essentially eliminate funding that would help clean up the Great Lakes, cutting funding from $300 million to just $30 million. His administration says state, local, and tribal governments should be responsible for regional water cleanups.

President Trump wants to turn off the spigot on the federal cleanup efforts at numerous nation's most iconic waterways, drawing a torrent of criticism from environmentalists. And if freshwater resources are allowed to degrade, the impacts are enormous. "We look forward to working with Congress to put in place a bi-partisan infrastructure package that works for people, communities, businesses, and the Great Lakes".

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Trump announced the $1.2 trillion budget proposal for the next fiscal year on Monday, including in it $23 billion for border security, $21 billion for infrastructure and $17 billion to fund efforts to fight the ongoing opioid epidemic, as well as increasing military spending by 13 percent to $80 billion.

The coalition also criticized the administration's proposed "infrastructure" plan saying it actually makes less money available for key projects that protect human and environmental health. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), unsurprisingly, given that she authored the initiative in 2010 and has continued to champion it since. "People across MI spoke out and took action past year to stop these cuts and I know they'll do so again".

"The Trump Administration budget is a non-starter". Pruitt went so far as to say it was doing more to protect public health in the Great Lakes than any other coordinated interagency effort in US history. And, the Trump plan guts clean water protections that every American depends on for clean, safe drinking water.

U.S. Congressman Fred Upton, a Republican from MI, released the following statement: "Michigan deserves better than this". It's clear that when it comes to the Great Lakes our priorities are at odds with the administration. "Just like past year, I will fight alongside colleagues on both sides of the aisle to promote, strengthen, and preserve our Great Lakes".

Vanessa Coleman