Natural Resources Trust Fund Town Hall Tour in UP Next Week

Representative Andrea LaFontaine (R - Columbus Twp), chair of the Michigan House Committee on Natural Resources, will take her town hall tour north of the bridge to listen to residents' thoughts about the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.
Rep. Ed McBroom (R - Vulcan) will host three meetings in his district on Tuesday and Wednesday:
  • Iron Mountain, Tue, Aug 20, 7 p.m. at Bay College West's Fornetti Hall, Room 104, 2801 North US 2, Iron Mountain.
  • Menominee, Wed, Aug 21, 8 - 9:30 a.m. (Central Time) at Schloegel's Restaurant, 2720 10th St., Menominee. (Informal meet & greet).
  • Escanaba, Wed, Aug 21, 2:30 p.m. at Bay de Noc Community College, Joseph Heirmann Building, 2001 N. Lincoln Rd, Escanaba.
Wednesday night, the tour will move up to Marquette where Rep. John Kivela (D - Marquette) will host a town hall at the Marquette City Commission Hall from 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Michigan United Conservation Clubs passed a resolution at its Annual Convention in June to ensure that royalties from state-owned minerals like oil and gas continue to be used for conservation purposes by protecting the current Trust Fund from diversion and creating a Fish and Wildlife Habitat Trust Fund with the royalties once the State Parks Endowment Fund reaches its cap, which is where royalties are currently deposited.
The Trust Fund was originally created in 1976 and protected in the Michigan Constitution in 1984. MUCC played a critical role in its foundation and has been protecting it ever since.

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