State Rep. Sue Allor today introduced a proposal that would restore funding intended to assist local communities with the cost of monitoring PFAS contamination at municipal airports around the state. This grant program was stripped from the state budget through line-item veto by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
When signing budget bills for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, Gov. Whitmer cut nearly $1 billion in state programs affecting a wide cross-section of Michigan residents, including students, seniors, veterans and at-risk populations. Among the 147 vetoes was a $15 million grant program intended to offset costs associated with PFAS contamination at municipal airports. Allor’s plan would restore the funds necessary to administer the program.
“Testing and monitoring for PFAS is an expensive and necessary undertaking for local communities, and they shouldn’t be left holding the bag,” Allor said. “This plan would restore grants that allow the state and local communities to share the load and ensure the best-possible monitoring of local water supplies. It’s partnerships like these that have made Michigan a leader in PFAS detection and clean-up. There’s no room for the governor to play politics with water safety.”