Federal budget includes funds to fight blight, dredging in Michigan

Posted at 10:43 AM, Dec 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-17 10:43:21-05

DETROIT (AP) — A spending bill to fund the federal government for the 2016 budget year includes potential funding that could boost efforts to fight blight and dredge harbors in Michigan.

The bill agreed upon Wednesday also includes funding to help move forward on a massive nuclear science facility at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters note the bill would give the U.S. Department of Treasury flexibility to transfer as much as $2 billion in additional funding to the Hardest Hit Fund, which has been used for fighting blight in Detroit and other parts of Michigan.

They say $1.25 billion will be available for the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund. And the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams is in line for $100 million to continue construction.