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Deal Made Over Macomb County Sinkhole Funding

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Macomb County will get money to work on a giant sinkhole. 

A deadlock in the Legislature was holding up the money, and it also delayed getting $100 million for Flint in the same budgetbill

The House and theSenate could not agree on whether the money for Macomb should be a grant or a loan.  Then, Governor Rick Snyder’s administration found $3 million in a fund for fixing roads that will be re-purposed to fix the sinkhole. 

“It’s not necessarily where we expected it,” said state Representative Jeff Yaroch (R-Richmond).  “But, it seems reasonable.  This fund was set up for issues such as this.” 

Governor Snyder declared a state of emergency in Fraser in January.  The sinkhole was caused by a sewer line collapse and forced two dozen families from their home on Christmas Eve.  

The Legislature does not need to vote before the money is given to Macomb. 

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Rick Pluta is the Managing Editor and Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org

Rick Pluta is the managing editor for the Michigan Public Radio Network.
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