Points North: What Proposal 1 means for Michigan's public lands

Oct 15, 2020

Tahquamenon Falls State Park in the Upper Peninsula
Credit James Marvin Phelps

On the ballot this election is a proposal to change how Michigan spends the money it gets from oil and gas production.

Right now the state uses oil and gas dollars to buy and maintain public lands, and for nothing else.


Under Proposal 1 this program would continue in perpetuity.

The measure also tweaks how the funding is allocated, so more money would go towards things like upkeep of trails and restrooms.

Also, correcting the record on an unattractive mushroom.

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