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UP projects to benefit from new state budget, McBroom says

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State Senator Ed McBroom

LANSING, MI— Senator Ed McBroom says the fiscal year 2022 budget just approved by the state legislature contains money for several U.P. projects.

The Houghton Trail Flood Repair project is set to receive $4 million for the restoration of the trail system between Dollar Bay and Lake Linden damaged by the Fathers’ Day Flood of 2018. The Houghton County Road Commission and the cities of Houghton and Hancock will receive $2.31 million, $320,000 and $235,000 respectively to repay debts incurred for similar flood repair projects.

And $1.5 million was secured to acquire 87.2 miles of trails in Marquette and Baraga counties from Lyme Timber.

The legislature also approved a bill that includes increases for universities and community colleges and reduces obligations to the Michigan Public School Employees' Retirement System. McBroom says that will help Northern Michigan University and Michigan Tech.