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Proposal 1 passes changing how money is spent on natural resources in Michigan

Posted at 8:02 AM, Nov 05, 2020

Michigan voters have passed Proposal 1, which will change how money is spent under the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.

The trust fund uses royalties paid by developers of state-owned minerals like oil and natural gas, to protect sensitive lands and increase outdoor recreation across the state.

Established in 1976, there has been more than a billion dollars distributed.

With the passage of the proposal, at least 25% of the money spent in a year must go toward land purchases and another 25% toward developing recreation facilities. Before the passage, no more than 25% could go toward recreation facilities.

A board appointed by the governor considers proposals for projects and then decides how to spend the rest of the money, as it already does.