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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The Republican Party fully controls most states and at the national level has captured the House, Senate and presidency. By many measures, the party has more power than it has had in many decades. But will that control last? And, more importantly, what policy priorities are coming about from these political victories?

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