Two more major daily newspapers have weighed in to ask the U.S. Congress to fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and refrain from cutting successful programs that are helping protect the drinking water that more than 30 million people rely on.
“For Michigan, few sections of that budget may matter as much as maintaining a strong financial commitment to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative — and Michigan’s congressional delegation cannot afford to let heated rhetoric over deficit spending muddle the outcome for the lakes.”
“The progress that already has been made must continue. It makes no sense to abandon efforts that have begun, wasting public funds and allowing situations to worsen. It is short-sighted to stop spending now: Not only will the lakes and economy suffer, but chances are taxpayers will end up spending far more in the future to clean up problems that we fail to address now.”
As the editorials make clear, Michigan citizens are counting on the U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow and Reps. Justin Amash, Dan Benishek, Dave Camp, Hansen Clarke, John Conyers, John Dingell, Bill Huizenga, Dale Kildee, Sander Levin, Thaddeus McCotter, Candice Miller, Gary Peters, Mike Rogers, Fred Upton and Tim Walberg to stand up for the Great Lakes as federal lawmakers work on the federal 2012 budget.
Now is the time for Michigan’s Congressional delegation to make sure that Great Lakes funding remains a priority.