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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Renting out the family summer cottage is a common practice in Michigan, and with today’s technologies, it’s easier than ever, empowered by services like AirBnB, HomeAway, VRBO and more. These short-term rentals mean vacationers can find a place much more easily and inexpensively, while owners can earn some extra money. It seems like a win-win. Not everyone agrees. Some in the accommodations and tourism industries aren’t happy with the increased competition and are advocating for limiting people’s rights to rent out their homes. Some homeowner associations are pushing back as well. And while cities like Detroit and Grand Rapids have mostly embraced home sharing, some local governments have restricted and even banned the practice.

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