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MBIA signs on to support Proposal 1-20

Friday, October 9, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Liz Szlaga


For Immediate Release

Contact: Nicki Polan, Executive Director

P: 734.261.0123. ext. 4 – E: npolan@mbia.org


Amanda Wendecker, VP of Marketing

P: 734.261.0123, ext. 3 – E: awendecker@mbia.org


MBIA signs on to support Proposal 1-20, offering more flexibility on how Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) dollars are spent.


Commerce Twp., Mich., October 9, 2020 On election day, Michigan residents will see a number of ballot proposals. Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) encourages the support of Ballot Proposal 1-20 for all who benefit from outdoor recreation.


“There has been a bit of confusion by liberals, conservatives, and just citizens in general on this issue, but when digging out from under Proposal 1 is a win for Michigan citizens,” said MBIA Board Director Jim Coburn. “ Proposal 1 increases the monies available to be spent on acquiring scenic and ecologically important land and increases funding to development projects.”


Currently the MNRTF is capped at $500 million and the amount available for grants each year depends on how much interest is earned. Proposal 1 will also increase the cap to $800 million, which will ultimately provide more money for land purchases as well as development projects in the future.


Proposal 1 also allows for a greater percentage of the Trust Fund to be spent on improvement and infrastructure to help people access the outdoors including: playgrounds, fishing platforms, restrooms and parking lots that draw people to the state owned lands.”


Under the present system, at least 25% of the money spent in any given year must go toward land purchases, while no more than 25% can be devoted to developing recreation facilities. Proposal 1 would require that both get at least 25%.


“This change is needed especially after the surge in outdoor activity we have seen in 2020. As it relates to boating access, even before the pandemic, there are many launch sites with an hour long wait to launch and then a mile walk back to the boat once you are able to find parking,” said Nicki Polan, MBIA Executive Director. “Building launch ramps, adding parking, restrooms, trails, and fishing platforms, will all help people continue to recreate outdoors.”


The MNRTF is funded exclusively through royalties and earnings from gas, oil and other mineral extraction on public lands. Proposal 1 is widely supported by both environmental and business organizations. It needs voter approval because it would amend the state constitution. MBIA encourages all to support Proposal 1 on November 3rd.


MBIA is a non-profit trade association representing more than 350 marine businesses and serves as the voice for Michigan’s $7.8 billion marine industry. MBIA is dedicated to the advancement, promotion, and protections of recreational boating in Michigan. MBIA produces Michigan’s big three boat shows: the Progressive Detroit Boat Show, Progressive Novi Boat Show and Progressive Metro Boat Show. Proceeds from these events go back to the industry through MBIA programs and services. For more information about MBIA and its boat shows visit www.mbia.org.


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