I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but folks in Washington aren’t exactly getting along these days.
They couldn’t agree on how to cut the deficit, and now we’re facing automatic, across-the-board spending cuts from the federal government.
The cuts are scheduled to start March 1.
$85 billion will have to be stripped out of the federal budget this year alone.
The White House sent a press release detailing how these cuts might affect environmental programs in Michigan.
Here's what they wrote:
Michigan would lose about $5.9 million in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, Michigan could lose another $1.5 million in grants for fish and wildlife protection.
We heard a lot about about how the sequester might affect things like airports, school funding, and Medicare, but we wanted to know more about the numbers above.
How might environmental programs in the region be affected?