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A budget bill passed by Michigan state lawmakers on Thursday includes numerous important investments for the Upper Peninsula, including $1 million in debt relief for the Pine Mountain ski jump, said Senator Ed McBroom (R-Waucedah Township).

Pine Mountain’s help will help the nonprofit Kiwanis Ski Club repay a $3 million loan it received in 2020 through the Great Lake Sports Commission. The money was used for safety renovations to the historic slide to bring it up to international ski jumping standards.

In total, the state budget provides $334 million in special funds to finance specific projects in the constituencies, Bridge Michigan reported.

McBroom identified allocations specifically for the Upper Peninsula in a press release –

– $1.2 million to Ironwood Hospital to support gynecological care;

– $2 million for Munising Hospital for numerous upgrades;

– $1 million in debt relief for the Marquette Regional History Center;

– $1 million for County Road 573;

– $1 million in debt relief for the Pine Mountain Ski Jump at Veterans Park in Iron Mountain;

— $800,000 for the continuation of the state “unsolved case” Research and training program at Northern Michigan University;

– $500,000 for the Gladstone Senior Center; and

– $400,000 to replace the running track at the Stephenson Sports Complex.

Additionally, disaster relief funds have been allocated to Marquette and Baraga counties to help with flood damage not covered by federal funds, McBroom said.

“This budget is the result of months of work and negotiations,” said the senator. “While I remain disappointed with the (Democratic) majority’s prioritization of programs, the budget process was open to numerous efforts I have made for the UP and to increased transparency, debt reduction, and increased accountability of the state bureaucracy. In addition, the critical funding for baby delivery in western UP following the loss of Ontonagon Hospital and the improvements at Munising Hospital are incredibly important to the people and economy of the UP.”

Major projects identified by Bridge Michigan for Lower Michigan communities included $10 million for the Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, $7 million for the Detroit Zoo, $10 million for a youth sports complex in Frankenmuth and $2 million for a boxing gym in Detroit.

“Although the fact that we are in the minority has reduced the support that the UP has received over the past two years, I am proud that the UP team has been able to receive support from my colleagues on several very critical hospital and infrastructure needs,” said McBroom. “The budget negotiations also achieved significant support for Gogebic County infrastructure grants to be increased by Highland Copper for the construction of an already approved new copper mine. The House of Representatives has already approved this $50 million and we expect the Senate to act soon,” he said.

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