Michigan State University was given a $135,668 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 via the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The money was to be used to study the Mitchell’s Satyr butterfly and the Hine’s Emerald dragonfly in the Great Lakes region.

A document from a White House budget office suggested possible reductions in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative spending. In an editorial, the Detroit Free Press called reductions to the initiative “irresponsible.”

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As part of our efforts on government transparency, we obtained data on the compensation of most public employees in the state. This information has been used to fact check claims about salaries, verify data from other open records requests, and hold government spending accountable.

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