Budgets are policy. Just as much as new laws and rules. So when Governor Whitmer announced a $120 million clean water initiative Tuesday, it did a lot to validate her rhetoric about being a governor who values our water resources. It’s a big change for Michigan.
Another $30 million is targeted at PFAS and emerging contaminants. Among other things, the money will fund health studies to establish a PFAS drinking water standard, which is badly needed.
The other two items are $40 million in loan forgiveness under the municipal Drinking Water program and $7.5 million to deal with affordability and sustainable rates.
These proposed expenditures are a significant commitment to Michigan’s drinking water and a very good omen for the Governor’s future performance. it’s nice to be able to say positive things about a governor of Michigan.