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Former Governors Join Debate
(2008-06-13)
(wgvu) - Two former governors are wading into
the debate over how to protect Michigan's waters from misuse.
Republican William Milliken and Democrat James Blanchard issued
a statement today urging legislators to prohibit large-scale
withdrawals of water that wouldn't be in the public interest.
Both former governors said the law should make clear that water
is a public resource held in trust for all of Michigan's citizens
to use reasonably.
They said such a provision is needed to prevent Michigan's water
from being shipped or piped outside the region.
The House and Senate have approved competing water-use bills.
They're debating whether a public-trust provision is needed.
Opponents say it would damage Michigan's economy by forcing
businesses to jump through regulatory hoops to use water.
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