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Once again, Trump wants to cut Great Lakes restoration funding



President Donald Trump released his budget proposal for 2019 on Monday, and it once again calls for massive cuts to funding for Great Lakes restoration efforts. As with last year’s proposal, Trump seeks to essentially eliminate funding that would help clean up the Great Lakes, cutting funding from $300 million to just $30 million.

Kind of a strange way to say thanks to a state that helped him narrowly win the 2016 election.

As the Free Press notes, the cuts were buried in one line in a 96-page budget without explanation — a move that Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee called “draconian.”

“Cutting Great Lakes investments by 90 percent — essentially eliminating the program — threatens the health of our lakes and jeopardizes Michigan’s economy,” Kildee said in a statement.…