Disagreements on Spending Leads to Proposed Overhaul of Natural Resources Trust Fund

The state Senate has passed a proposed overhaul to the Natural Resources Trust Fund.

The senate voted how money from the fund should be used.

The fund is currently controlled by a board created under the state constitution. Republicans argue the board hasn’t been spending enough.

The fund consists of royalties from oil and gas companies using state-owned minerals rights.

The bill would steer some money toward grants for public recreation projects, state park upkeep and local projects.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette ruled lawmakers are not authorized to go over the board.

The bill now heads to the house.

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