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Governors Oppose Trump Plan to Slash 90 Percent of Great Lakes Clean-Up Funding

The Trump administration wants to slash funding for the cleanup program by 90 percent

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    Governors Oppose Trump Plan to Slash 90 Percent of Great Lakes Clean-Up Funding
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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 03: A visitor walks along the frozen shore of Lake Michigan on January 3, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Record cold temperatures are gripping much of the U.S. and are being blamed on several deaths over the past week. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Governors of five states oppose President Donald Trump's call for a 90 percent spending cut for a Great Lakes cleanup program.

    The president's 2020 budget offers $30 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which gets $300 million most years. It removes toxic pollution, prevents algae blooms and species invasions, and restores wildlife habitat.

    The governors said Wednesday the cut would cost jobs, hurt tourism and jeopardize public health. They urged Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, a former Indiana governor, to fully fund the program.

    Issuing the statement were Democratic Govs. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Tony Evers of Wisconsin, Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania and J.B. Pritzker of Illinois, along with Republican Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio.

    The Trump administration has said state and local governments should fund the program.

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